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Juneau man arrested for enticing teens for sex on Facebook

Jerzy Shedlock

A Juneau man faces multiple criminal charges after he had sexual contact with an underage girl he communicated with on Facebook. He tried to solicit another girl using the same method, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Juneau, but instead was caught by a detective posing as a teenager.

A middle school principal in Juneau reported in March that 20-year-old Regal Hudson had messaged a student online and asked for sex, prompting police to begin the undercover sting. Sitka police had previously learned in January 2013 that Hudson had sex with a minor he contacted on social media.

He faces five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of online enticement of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Several of the sexual abuse charges Hudson faces stem from a short stay Sitka in June of 2012.

According to court documents, Hudson's first victim was 14 years old. She told investigators in January 2013 that Hudson had been staying in Sitka at the Westmark Hotel, and they'd met up on an outdoor trail where the sexual abuse took place. In an interview at the Children's Advocacy Center, the victim stated that "she knew Hudson was between 20 and 22 years old and that he knew she was 14 because they had talked about it," and the messages were stored on her Facebook profile, according to the charges.

By July of 2012, the girl was living in Juneau, where Hudson was also living. Hudson allegedly continued his contact with the girl, though she refused his advances when he drove her to a path near Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

In March 2014, nearly two years after the fact, a detective applied for a warrant to record conversations between Hudson and the girl. That same month, the principal of Floyd Dryden Middle School reported to an officer that Hudson had contacted a 12-year-old student on Facebook and asked her for sex.

Det. Shawn Phelps created a fake online account and started text messaging Hudson as "Mira," a 14-year-old friend of the 12-year-old student. Police got Hudson's number from the girl's father, the charges say.

Over the next two months, Phelps communicated with Hudson, who repeatedly asked for Mira's age but allegedly did not stop trying to meet up with the girl even after he found out she was underage. Hudson told Mira he could get her marijuana and alcohol; he attempted to meet up with Mira at a local elementary school, a location suggested by the detective; and he sent at least one bare-chested photo of himself to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl, the charges say.

On May 23, according to the charges, Mira and Hudson agreed to meet up at a bus stop after school got out. "Det. Phelps texted telling Hudson to bring condoms, lube and alcohol," the charges say, and that Hudson confirmed via text that he intended to have sex with "Mira."

However, Hudson's story changed when police surrounded him after he exited a bus near a Wal-mart. Once arrested, he told Juneau police he meant to meet up with Mira to tell her "it was not going to happen." He said he did not bring the condoms and other items because he never intended to have sex with her.

Hudson also claimed he'd thought Mira's texts were a setup by his ex-girlfriend, and he expected her to show up at the meeting spot and "smack him around for being perverted," the charges say.

Hudson's criminal record includes eight prior convictions for assault, harassment and criminal trespass, among others. Online court records indicate his next court appearance was set for Tuesday afternoon. Hudson is in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to national inmate tracker VINELink.

Reach Jerzy Shedlock at jerzy@alaskadispatch.com.


By JERZY SHEDLOCK
jerzy@alaskadispatch.com