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Ex-Jefferson County judicial candidate pleads guilty to child sex charges

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A former Jefferson County judicial candidate has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sex charges.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1o9oPc9 ) 61-year-old Chuck Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday, his trial was expected to begin Oct. 20. Hunt has already been sentenced to 11 years and four months on federal charges linked to the case. Hunter's attorney, Charles Salvagio says the state and federal terms will run concurrently.

Authorities say Hunt faced charges for using Craigslist to arrange a meeting with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy for sex in 2012. Instead, Hunter met an undercover police officer and was arrested.

Hunter was a Republican candidate in the November 2013 election for a civil court seat. Hunter was removed from the ballot after he was charged.

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