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Jail rapist accused of failing to register

A rapist who sexually assaulted a Spokane County Jail cellmate five years ago now is accused of failing to register as a sex offender. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Marcus E. Hardin, 38.

Hardin, a transient, is a longtime sex offender with convictions for obstructing a police investigation, city assault, domestic violence assault, third-degree assault, rape, intimidation with a weapon, drug possession, drunken driving, driving while license suspended, malicious mischief and failure to register as a sex offender, according to Crime Stoppers.

He was convicted of third-degree assault with sexual motivation in October 2005 and sentenced to 51 to 60 months in prison after an 18-year-old cellmate accused him of rape.

Anyone with information on Hardin's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give a name but should provide a code name or number.

Read the story on Hardin from 2005: Sex offender accused of jailhouse rape

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