ALL THREE MEN HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN THE REPEATED MOLESTATION OF A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL AT A CHICKAMAUGA TRAILER PARK.  THEIR JOINT TRIAL STARTED MONDAY IN WALKER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. 

DAVID ALLEN HARDIN WAS SENTENCED TO 200 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RAPE, INCEST, AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY AND OTHER CHARGES… A TOTAL OF 24 COUNTS.  OTHERS CONVICTED IN THE CASE ARE SHAWN DANIEL MEINTZ, SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON… AND KEVIN LEE HICKS, WHO RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.  MEINTZ AND HICKS ALSO RECEIVED 40 YEARS OF PROBATION FOLLOWING THE JAIL TIME. 

DURING THE TRIAL, IT CAME TO LIGHT THAT THE FEMALE VICTIM – NOW 15 YEARS OLD – WAS REPEATEDLY ABUSED BY THE MEN… FIRST IN TENNESSEE AND THEN AFTER THEY MOVED INTO GEORGIA.  CHICKAMAUGA POLICE BEGAN THE INVESTIGATION AFTER NEIGHBORS IN THE TRAILER PARK TIPPED THEM OFF TO THE SEXUAL ABUSE.