Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Trading sex for pot since 9 years old

Minneapolis / 6-year relationship leads to sex charges
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 03/22/2007 09:56:12 PM CDT

A 47-year-old man seen shopping for condoms at a Target store with a 15-year-old girl last July was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct after an alleged six-year sexual relationship with the girl, authorities said.

Hennepin County sheriff officials said Thomas Fred Huddleson, of Corcoran, was seen in July at a Target store in Rogers with the young girl. The two were buying condoms together, sheriff officials said, and a person standing nearby heard them talking.

The conversation was apparently shocking enough for the eavesdropper to contact police, but no charges were brought at the time.

Last month, the girl told a school liaison officer that she had been having sex with the man since she was 9 because "she wanted things Huddleson purchased for her," including alcohol and marijuana for her and her friends, according to sheriff officials. Huddleson was at Hennepin County jail Tuesday in lieu of a $75,000 bond. He is due in court today.
- Tad Vezner