A three-day trial is scheduled in May for an Ogden man accused of using the promise of e-cigarettes to lure a 15-year-old boy into sending him sexually explicit photographs.
Charles Randall Redwen, 49, has entered not guilty pleas to 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor; three third-degree felony counts of dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult; one third-degree felony count of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor; and one class A misdemeanor count of enticing a minor.
Redwen, who remained in Weber County Jail Thursday, was arrested Jan. 24 after the mother of the Riverdale boy allegedly discovered sexually-oriented text messages from Redwen on her son’s cellphone. Riverdale police allegedly also found evidence of requests for pornographic images from Redwen on the boy’s Facebook account.
Police also say they found images of Redwen’s genitalia that had been sent to the boy, and a text message sent Jan. 14 arranging to meet with the youth for the purpose of oral sex.
On Jan. 23, police executed a search warrant on Redwen’s Ogden home. A probable cause statement contends that after waiving his Miranda rights, Redwen acknowledged the messages, sending and receiving numerous explicit images to and from the boy between Dec. 1, 2013 and Jan. 23.
The search of his home turned up those images and others, possibly of other minors, police said.
Nonetheless, during a preliminary hearing on Feb. 12, he pleaded innocent to all charges and 2nd District Judge Noel Hyde scheduled a May 7-9 trial.
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