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Moorhead man sentenced after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting child

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man has been sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault on a child. James Allen Haats, 29, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Clay County District Court to one count of felony first-deg...

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man has been sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault on a child.

James Allen Haats, 29, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Clay County District Court to one count of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13. Four other related charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Court documents filed in the case against him said Haats admitted in a police interview that he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old child he knew once a month for the past three years.

Documents state that Haats also told police he assaulted a 9-year-old, but didn't do it as often because this victim "didn't seem to like it."

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