Appellate court affirms Nobles County criminal sexual conduct conviction

WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the conviction of Bradly James Haddock, age 33, of Worthington, who was found guilty in May 2018 of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Charges were filed against Haddock in August 2017, when he was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. He was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in regard to providing her with marijuana.

The case went to the appellate court based on Haddock's argument that the district court erred by admitting the victim's out-of-court statements at the jury trial. According to the appellate court opinion filed Monday, details were given by the victim during an interview with a forensic interviewer at Child's Voice, a child advocacy center.

The victim provided more details during the interview than she did during the trial, but a recording of portions of the interview was played for the jury. Defense counsel did not object to the admission of the recordings or a brief medical summary from Child's Voice.

According to the opinion, out-of-court statements are generally considered hearsay, and therefore inadmissible. But a prior statement by a witness is not hearsay if the witness testifies at trial and is subject to cross-examination, the appellate document states.

Haddock was sentenced to 168 months in prison and is currently incarcerated at the Moose Lake facility. His conviction for a separate second-degree criminal sexual conduct count, to which he pleaded guilty,  is currently under review by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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