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Forum staff reports, Published April 25 2013

Man set to get Habitat home gets 16 years

MOORHEAD – A Clay County District Court judge has sentenced a Moorhead man to 16 years and 9 months in prison after he was convicted on three counts of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Judge Galen Vaa also found that 49-year-old Wilfred Carl Hudson is subject to indefinite civil commitment.

Hudson was charged in September with seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on a person under 13. The remaining four counts, plus an eighth charge that alleged Hudson sexually assaulted an adult woman while she was asleep and on muscle relaxants, were dismissed.

At the time the charges were filed, Hudson was in line to receive a home from Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that builds houses for low-income families who then pay the homes off with a no-interest mortgage.

Hudson has prior convictions for rape, forcible sodomy and breaking and entering from 1985-86 in Norfolk, Va.