Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Did Brenda Harding Expect Tristen Hagen To Take Their Relationship Ending Like A Man Even Though He Was Only 15?
Brenda Harding apparently made a huge mistake. Instead of protecting a friend's 15 year old step son from harm, the 30 year-old Harding apparently led the boy down an adult path which ultimately ended in the teen losing his life. Tristen Hagen, the 15 year old, apparently took his own life after the the Canon City, Colo. woman terminated a sexual relationship with him. The tragic ending is that Hagan is dead and Harding is sentenced to 90 days in jail and 10 years to life on probation. In addition, Harding is now on the official sex offender registry and is not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. This presents a bit of a problem since Harding has herself two under aged children. KRDO.
How does such a relationship all start? Tristen Hagen's stepmother was apparently a friend of Harding. Westword. Harding at some point agreed to be Tristen's caregiver. Somehow the relationship went a skew when Brenda allegedly began having sex with Tristen during a time in June of 2010 when Tristen was living in Brenda's care. When Tristen's father, Michael Hagen began to suspected an inappropriate relationship between his son and Harding, he asked her to stop. It is not clear when the sexual part of their relationship ended, but in April of 2011, Tristen Hagen apparently took his own life.
Tristen Hagen's autopsy revealed he had overdosed on a mix of painkillers and muscle relaxants. District Attorney Thom LeDoux told the court that the boy could not deal with the relationship ending and that is why such legal prohibitions exists. Perhaps this tragedy will make women think twice before they let a teen become infatuated based upon sexual pleasure which likely lasted but a few seconds.