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Summer baseball coach from Hanley Falls sentenced for sexual assault

Jose Rodriquez

GRANITE FALLS — A former baseball coach was sentenced to 60 days in the Yellow Medicine County Jail after pleading guilty to a 2013 sexual assault of a girl he was coaching at the time.

Jose Rodriquez, 22, of Hanley Falls, was also placed on 10 years of supervised probation and ordered to pay fines and fees of $575.

The court granted a stay of adjudication, under which no conviction will appear on his criminal record if he successfully completes the terms of his sentence.

According to court documents, Rodriquez was a baseball coach for the Hanley Falls summer recreation program in 2013 when he assaulted the girl, who was under the age of 13.

The two were in an equipment building by the ballfield when Rodriquez told the girl to pull down her pants and he simulated a sex act on the girl.

The incident was reported in August of 2017.

He had originally been charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree with a victim under the age of 13.

Both charges are felonies.

He pleaded guilty in October to criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

Judge Thomas Van Hon sentenced Rodriquez on Jan. 4 and ordered him to begin serving his jail term on or before Feb. 1.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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