Madison County man arrested for enticing teen girls for sex

Harding A. Clark IV

A Madison County man is under arrest after police say he had inappropriate sexual contact with children.

The Oneida Police Department reports Harding A. Clark IV of Green Road in Erieville was arrested Tuesday on charges of felony sexual abuse, disseminating indecent material to minors, and endangering the welfare of a child after police say he sent indecent images by computer to three girls ages 13-15. These communications allegedly took place from November 2013 through January 2014.

Officers say Harding sent the girls the images with the intent to entice them into sexual contact, which he then carried out with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. Clark is accused of using multiple aliases to contact the girls via text message, phone calls, Facebook, and in person.

Clark was arraigned in Oneida City Court and sent to the Madison County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on Friday, February 21.