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Port Richey man arrested in online sex solicitation case

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:19 PM

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It took three months before Beau Eric Hudson set the stage to meet the 15-year-old girl he was romancing online, deputies said.

When he showed up for his date Wednesday, he was greeted by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, according to an agency media release.

Beau Eric Hudson, 24, of Port Richey, was charged with one count each of traveling to meet a minor for sexual purposes and transmission of obscene material to a minor.

For the latter, Hudson had transmitted an obscene image of himself to the girl, according to the sheriff's office.

"The detectives at the sheriff's office work extremely hard to protect the youth of Hernando County and I am very proud of the work they do," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis in a prepared statement.

Sgt. Phil Lakin, who heads the agency's major case unit, said the investigation remains open and he could not comment on details not disclosed in the media release.

Lakin wouldn't say whether an undercover detective took part in the investigation or how the sheriff's office first got involved with the case.

Deputies said Hudson, in addition to transmitting the obscene image, made known his intent to "engage in sexual relations" with the girl.

On Wednesday, the suspect made arrangements to meet the 15-year-old at a "pre-determined location," according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said he had been corresponding with the girl for about three months.

During his interview, Hudson admitted to his crimes, detectives said.

Hudson was booked shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the Hernando County Jail. He posted $10,000 bail less than five hours later.

Last month, David Jefford, 27, of Inverness, pleaded guilty to similar charges in Hernando and was sentenced to three years in prison, two years of house arrest and 10 years probation. (352) 544-5283

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