Audio tapes used in Bedford County sex case

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Investigators say audio tapes were used to help get guilty pleas by a Bedford County judicial commissioner to simple assault and patronizing prostitution.

Officials said Billy Hardin made the pleas after a rather elaborate investigation that included a woman who wore a wire to get audio recordings.

The recordings showed Hardin negotiating prices for various sex acts, investigators said.

Officials said the woman wore a wire and met Hardin at her home which was wired for sound. A detective hid in a closet.

A charge of official misconduct was dismissed in exchange for the two guilty pleas.

The investigation was done after the woman complained that Hardin touched her inappropriately in his office at the jail.

He will serve two weeks in jail.

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