Trial to begin for former Pullman businessman accused of child molestation

The man was recognized by the alleged victim from his music store in downtown Pullman

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A former downtown Pullman businessman is set to stand trial today in Whitman County Superior Court after being accused of child molestation in July. The trial will be at the Whitman County District Courthouse.

Victor Hudak, 52, is facing felony 1st-degree child molestation in Whitman County Superior Court, according to a press release by Pullman Radio. Hudak was arrested in July by Pullman Police after he allegedly grabbed an 11-year-old girl on her buttocks, according to the release. 

The alleged victim and her 6-year-old step-sister told police they were at a park, and Hudak molested the girl while “trying to help her climb a tree,” according to the release. The girls recognized Hudak as “Vic” from the downtown music store, Atom Heart Music. 

Hudak allegedly admitted to Pullman officers that “he is attracted to young girls and that his inappropriate interactions with young females have been ‘out of control,’” according to the release. 

Jury selection for Hudak’s trial was scheduled to begin this morning, and a large pool of 60 people have been summoned for jury duty in Colfax, according to the release. The trial is scheduled to last multiple days. 

In 2019 Hudak pleaded guilty to 4th-degree misdemeanor assault with sexual motivation for groping a 14-year-old girl at his music store, according to the release. He was sentenced to 3 months in jail by Court Commissioner Doug Robinson.

Atom Heart Music has remained closed since Hudak’s arrest in July, according to the release.

Hudak remains in the Whitman County Jail in Colfax on a $750,000 bond.