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Former principal gets 15 years
Paul Hudson pleads guilty to soliciting sex from 15-year-old
W FRONT MUG Paul Hudson  49  Statesboro
Paul Hudson

The former principal of Portal Elementary School pled guilty last week to charges relating to his solicitation of sex from an undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old boy.

Paul Hudson, 49, was arrested by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office on July 28. He resigned from his position as principal Aug. 1.

On Nov. 8, Hudson pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation and to possession of computer pornography, said Brian Deal, assistant district attorney with the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit's Effingham County office.

Hudson and his attorneys agreed to a sentence of 15 years to serve in the state prison system for the computer pornography charge, as well as 30 years of probation to serve consecutively following his release on the charge of criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, Deal said.

On July 28, Hudson had "made arrangements" to meet an undercover agent who he believed was a 15-year-old boy, soliciting sexual activity including sodomy, according to the indictments. That evening, after leaving an open house event at Portal Elementary School and changing clothes at his Allenwood Drive home in Statesboro, Hudson drove to Effingham County in order to meet the purported teen at a specific location. He also used the internet to solicit sex from who he believed to be the boy, according to the indictment.

In addition to mandated special conditions for sex offenders, additional conditions agreed to by Hudson and his attorneys include waiving his 4th Amendment rights regarding illegal search and seizures, surrendering his teaching license and forfeiting to the state the vehicle he used to meet the supposed teen.

Hudson was employed by the Bulloch County Board of Education from 1999 until his resignation on Aug. 1. He served as Portal Elementary's assistant principal from 1999 until he became principal in 2001.

Following his resignation, Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson said: "Our school district has never received any complaints of this nature about Mr. Hudson from the public, parents or students. He has never been reprimanded by our school system for this type of behavior. Mr. Hudson and all of our employees submit to full state and federal criminal background checks prior to employment and then every five years thereafter. Mr. Hudson's background checks have never revealed criminal behavior. His last background check was in February 2012."

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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