SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Confessed child molester James Rud, whose allegations of widespread child sex abuse shook a rural Minnesota community, was sentenced today to 40 years in prison.
Judge Martin Mansur gave Rud the maximum sentence allowed under state law on 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and chastised him for discussing his case with reporters while he awaited sentencing.
Mansur said he had warned Rud not to talk to the media. "When you did that, you knew you were punching your ticket for the trip (to prison)," he said.
Worthless as Witness Rud's statements to the media made him worthless as a witness in any further cases, the judge said.