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Man accused of repeated sex assaults

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A convicted rapist living in Moorhead is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl since Jan. 1, 2011.

Wilfred Carl Hudson, 49, was charged Thursday in Clay County District Court with eight felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, each carrying a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

The girl was acquainted with Hudson before the alleged assaults occurred, court documents state.

Hudson was arrested at home Tuesday when police executed a search warrant at his apartment at 915 32nd Ave. S.

According to the complaint, Hudson's criminal history includes a conviction for felony rape, forcible sodomy and breaking and entering in 1985-86 in Norfolk, Va.

Visiting Judge John Scherer set Hudson's bail at $800,000 cash or bond without conditions or $300,000 with conditions.

Assistant County Attorney Pamela Harris had requested $500,000 unconditional bail or $300,000 conditional bail.

"We believe that he is not only a significant public safety risk but also a flight risk," she said in court.

Hudson's wife told police they moved to Moorhead from Wisconsin in June 2009, the complaint states.

Hudson is currently studying culinary arts at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, his attorney said.

Hudson also was charged today with misdemeanor domestic assault related to an incident on Sept. 14. He entered a not guilty plea to that charge.