John Calvin Hudson III was arrested last week in Bend by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force
Attorney General John Kroger announced that a former fugitive was arraigned today in Coos County Circuit Court on child pornography charges.
"We will do everything in our power to keep kids safe from sex predators," Attorney General Kroger said.
Last month, a grand jury handed down a 40-count child pornography indictment against John Calvin Hudson III. A warrant was later issued for his arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Hudson last week in a Bend motel.
All criminal defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Slauson is prosecuting the case.
Hudson's arrest followed an investigation conducted by the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) unit, which investigates and prosecutes predators who use the internet to target and sexually exploit children. The unit works with district attorneys, law enforcement agencies and regional task forces that investigate online predators. Recent budget cuts threatened to end the program in Oregon, but Attorney General Kroger made restoring the funds a top public safety priority. This spring, Kroger announced that the Oregon Department of Justice had received a $665,000 federal stimulus grant to keep the program operating.
Since 2005, more than 100 internet predators who targeted Oregon children or operated in Oregon have been convicted as a result of ICAC investigations. ICAC is the only program in Oregon that is equipped with the necessary resources to catch sex predators throughout the state. The ICAC unit works in cooperation with more than 160 law enforcement agencies around Oregon.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 firstname.lastname@example.org