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O.C. man sentenced to 6 1/2 years for molesting boy in Bangladesh

May 25, 2010 |  3:13 pm

A Fullerton man was sentenced Tuesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for molesting a boy while working for a federally funded development program in Bangladesh.

William Newton Rudd, 67, of Fullerton pleaded guilty in U.S. court to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place for molesting a boy under 16.

Prosecutors said an investigation of Rudd turned up reports of other victims. After law enforcement officials searched Rudd's hotel room in 2004, he fled to Togo, were he was arrested and sent back to the United States.

Rudd also was sentenced to 10 years of supervised release after his prison term and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victims.

Rudd worked for a company that was funded by USAID, an independent federal government agency that supports economic growth and U.S. foreign policy in other countries.

-- Tony Barboza