E-cigarettes for sex: Man faces 14 felonies in Weber County

Feb 19 2014 - 10:12am


Charles Randall Redwen
Charles Randall Redwen

OGDEN -- A mother learned the hard way that teenage boys are not immune from inappropriate text messages, emails, tweets or Facebook postings from adult men. 

In January she and her husband left for the weekend with a promise from her adult children they would watch out for their sibling, who is in junior high. 

The boy told his older siblings he was not feeling well and wanted to stay home to sleep. But the siblings didn't believe him and showed up at the house to find a party of teenagers and reported the incident to their parents.

As a consequence, the mother confiscated her son's cell phone and started going through it.

And what she found sent her to talk the police officer at the junior high school.

Her son's cell phone had inappropriate messages from a 49-year-old man, who she said police later identified as Charles Randall Redwen. 

"He was trading e-cigarettes for sexual favors," the North Ogden woman said in an interview Tuesday. She said police told her further investigation was under way and up to 50 young people may have been victimized.

Calls to the Weber County attorney's office were not immediately returned for comment on the extent of the investigation.

Her son was approached but refused Redwen's advances, the woman said. 

Police took her son's cell phone for two weeks to search it, she said. 

Redwen was charged with 14 felonies and one misdemeanor in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Jan. 27 in the case investigated by Riverdale police. On Feb. 12,  Judge Noel Hyde scheduled a three-day jury trial to run May 7-May 9.

Redwen is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree felonies; three counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, third-degree felonies; one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree felony; and one count of acting to entice, solicit, seduce or lure a minor by Internet or text, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in 2nd District Court, Redwen admitted to sending text messages to two teenage boys that were inappropriate including texting inappropriate photos of himself. Police seized Redwen's cell phone and found inappropriate photos of a teenage boy.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. 

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