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Diagnostic evaluation ordered for Eagle Scout convicted of lewd acts towards a minor

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 01 2013 08:34:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2013 10:41:38 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A judge ordered a 90-day diagnostic evaluation Tuesday for an Eagle Scout convicted of molesting a young boy at a boy scout camp near Butte Meadows.

Dustin Hedrick was supposed to receive his final sentence after being released early from custody in Butte County.

The family of the victim in this case thought that this would be the final chapter, but it turns out that they will have to wait another three months to find out what will happen to the man who pleaded no contest to molesting their son.

"He's not a saint, he's a sick child molester," said victim's father in an interview on Tuesday.

He told KRCR News Channel 7 that he thought Tuesday would be the day that this "nightmare" ended for him and his family. Instead, the judge ordered Hedrick to state prison for a 90-day diagnostic evaluation.

"The biggest [victory] today was that the victim was able to watch that creep get handcuffed and hauled away," said victim's father.

In court, Hedrick teared up.

According to District Attorney Greg Cohen, the evaluation is one of the options that the judge had and it was recommended on the probation report.

Cohen explained that Hedrick will face one of a few options after the evaluation. He could be put on probation or either face three, six or eight years in prison, depending on the report's findings.

"I think the judge did a careful cautious thing today," said Cohen.

The family of the victim however, says they are still hoping for a harsh punishment.

"Well, the choices are three, six, eight years.  I want 12 years," said the victim's father.