Robert Harding stars in "To punch a predator"
Robert Harding had a bad, bad idea in his head. Now he has a headache.
Harding, 48, attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into an alley near her house in Des Moines, Iowa, last Wednesday. The girl went inside and told her mom, Holly Pullen.
Pullen approached Harding, still in the alley, who calmly explained that he wanted to marry and have sex with the 13-year-old. For some reason, that didn't sit well with mom, who punched Harding in the face. Soon enough, the girl's dad and his friends got wind of what was going on, and they, too, did some punching.
By the time police had arrived Harding needed a doctor to examine the outside of his head, and a psychiatrist to check out the inside. Harding even admitted to cops, in broken English, what his intentions were with the 13-year-old, telling police he wanted to "marry her and sex her."
When Holly Pullen first confronted Harding, she couldn't believe how frank he was, according to Des Moines TV station KCCI.
"I want to marry the redhead," Harding told Pullen.
Pullen told him that was her daughter, and she was only 13 years old, but Harding was persistent. As Pullen explained to KCCI:
"When I told him 'no,' he asked me if I would be willing to sign paper work so he could get married to her, and I told him no, and then I hit him."
Harding admitted his desire for Pullen's daughter to police, telling them he liked "young girls."
Harding was arrested for enticing a minor, a charge that comes with a maximum sentence of four years in prison, and has a no contact order that temporarily bans him from any interaction with unattended minors.
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