Iowan facing child sex abuse, drugs, weapon charge after public tip

Photo: Webster County Sheriff

(Webster County, IA) -- A northern Iowa man's facing several charges after a public tip that he had drugs, a gun, and possible child porn on his phone. Webster County deputies arrested 35-year-old Joseph Hardy of Barnum, Iowa after search warrants turned up evidence, including illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as a firearm

Hardy's been charged with Second Degree Child Sex Abuse, two counts of Child Endangerment and Marijuana Possession. He's also charged with Possession of a Firearm as a Felon. Hardy was taken to the Webster County Jail. Bond is set at $60,000.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Webster County Sheriff's Office at 515-573-1444 or submit times online at or by texting "LEC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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