Jacksonville Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA -- Richard Allen Hudnall, 55, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in federal prison for internet enticement of a minor.

In October of last year, Hudnall engaged in several online internet chat sessions with an undercover agent who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. Hudnall’s sexually explicit exchanges with the “girl” culminated in his suggestion that he travel from his home in Jacksonville, Florida, to a city park in the Tallahassee area to meet with the “child” and engage in sexual contact. Hudnall came to Tallahassee as planned and was arrested upon his arrival. Hudnall was subsequently indicted in United States District Court in Tallahassee for internet enticement of a minor. He pled guilty to that charge in May of this year.

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, FDLE, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Monroe County Sheriff=s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation/ Jacksonville, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, and the Tallahassee Police Department whose joint investigation led to the indictment and arrest in this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney’s Office and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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