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REDDING, California – Nearly two years after the allegations surfaced, a 52-year-old Redding man was ordered today to stand trial on felony charges of allegedly drugging and sodomizing a teenager in 2013.LUDLAM_jpg_1427909383405_15965794_ver1_0_640_480

Authorities arrested Michael Allen Ludlam on Feb. 9 on those charges as well as with furnishing the teen methamphetamine.

Superior Court Judge William Gallagher ordered Ludlam to stand trial following preliminary hearing closing arguments, but said prosecutors may have a tough time proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

That’s because, he said, the teen, who is said to be serving a prison sentence for assault in an unrelated case, has made a number of inconsistent and contradictory statements.

“This may be a very heavy lift at trial,” Gallagher said.

Ludlam, who is set to begin standing trial May 12, is accused of drugging and sodomizing the boy in 2013 when he was 17, according to the criminal complaint and a Redding Police Department investigative report.

Ludlam told police he barely knows the teen, now 19, and said the allegations are “ridiculous,” according to the 2013 police report.

The allegations came to light in April of that year when a police officer interviewed the teen while the teen was in Shasta County Juvenile Hall for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

According to the subsequent police report, the boy told the officer he had been sexually molested by two people, including Ludlam, on separate occasions.

Charges against that other man have not been filed.

Ludlam again adamantly denied molesting the boy when a Redding police investigator interviewed him on April 25, 2013 after a probation search at Ludlam’s home resulted in his arrest after police said they found methamphetamine.

“Why would he say something (obscenity) stupid?” he asked.

He did say, however, the teen had tried to buy methamphetamine from him, but he refused to do so, which made the boy mad, the police report said.

Still, police said the teen was able to provide detailed information about Ludlam as well as details about his home that Ludlam said the boy had visited once.

Police said in the investigative report, however, that Ludlam repeatedly changed portions of his story, and that the interview ended when he said he needed an attorney.

http://www.redding.com/news/local-news/redding-man-accused-of-drugging-sodomizing-teen

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