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Sentencing pushed back for an Eagle Scout accused of lewd acts with a minor

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 06 2013 08:02:51 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Sentencing was pushed back for the 21-year old Eagle Scout who pleaded no contest to molesting a boy in Tehama County as well as in Butte County to two other counts of lewd acts with a minor.

Dustin Hedrick was supposed to hear his fate on Tuesday for the felony he is charged with in Tehama County but before that happens, he has to spend some time behind bars in Butte County after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor counts of committing lewd acts with minors.

Hedrick, an Eagle Scout, pleaded no contest to multiple molestation charges for his alleged conduct at a Boy Scout camp on the Butte-Tehama County line.

“He used his vulnerability in a lot of areas to molest him,” said one victim’s father about his son. The father chose to remain anonymous but agreed to talk to KRCR News Channel 7.

His son was 13 years old when Hedrick reportedly molested him.

“The Boy Scouts of America really let this kid down by letting this happen in the first place,” said the father.

He said that he cannot wait to see Hedrick behind bars.

"That makes him suffer just as much as the victim has to suffer for every day," said the father.

Hedrick will likely be behind bars on Wednesday, when he is ordered to turn himself in to the Butte County Jail.  It will be the first time he has set foot back in Butte County since he was released from jail in Tehama County.

“On his release, [he was ordered] not to go into Butte County because that is where the victim resides,” said Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen.

Once he is done serving time in Butte County, about two months from now, Hedrick will be back in front of a Tehama County judge to learn his sentence there. For the victim's father, he says it will never be enough.

“There is no justice in this matter because you can't replace three years of misery by somebody going to jail. Although, it does show justice by serving time for what he did because he knew as a scout leader what he did was wrong and he knew that the entire time he was doing it,” said the victim’s father.

Once he is sentenced on that felony charge Hedrick is expected serve about eight years at a state prison.