Man pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

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By Jesse Osbourne

A New Haven man recently pleaded guilty during the mediation process to two counts of sexual abuse that occurred in Washington County.

Bobby Lee Hudson was originally charged with 244 counts of sex abuse in the first degree.
Hudson pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age (Class C felony) during a mediation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Dec. 2 in Washington County.
During mediation, in exchange for the guilty plea, 208 counts of sex abuse of a child under the age of 16 (Class D felony) were dropped. Also dropped were 34 counts of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Hudson will appear in court for sentencing on March 21, 2012.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s office recommended a sentence of 10 years on each count to run concurrently.
The Commonwealth also recommended Hudson’s sentence be probated to five years on the condition that he serve 180 days in jail, complete sex offender treatment and register as a convicted sex offender.
The plea agreement would put Hudson on the sex offender registry for 20 years.
The recommendation also included that the 180 days served in jail should be in addition to time previously spent.
“Mr. Hudson does have the right to ask the court to allow him to serve less than 180 days in jail, and it is strictly up to the court to decide whether or not he actually serves less time than this,” Joey Bott, the assistant Commonwealth Attorney, said. “The Commonwealth would certainly oppose such a request if one were made, but the judge makes the final decision.”
Bott said that if Hudson were to violate the terms of probation, the Commonwealth would ask the judge to revoke Hudson’s probation and to require him to  serve the 10-year sentence made in the plea agreement.
The Commonwealth recommended that Hudson is to have no contact with the victim, the victim’s family and is not to be around children under the age of 12 without the supervision of the child’s parent or parents.
According to Hudson’s indictment, the incidents took place in Washington County between 2002 and July 22, 2007.