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Published January 23, 2014, 09:25 PM

Judge sentences Moorhead man to 14 years for criminal sexual conduct

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -A 29-year-old Moorhead man will spend 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -A 29-year-old Moorhead man will spend 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct.

James Haats admitted to sexually assaulting two young girls, ages 7 and 9, multiple times over a three year span.

It's an emotional day here at Clay County court where family of James Haats' victims, sat finally getting closure after years of ongoing sexual assault.

Victims' Grandmother: The victims are my granddaughters. They live with me and it has been very traumatic for them, the whole five years that they've had to deal with this.

Court documents say 29-year-old James Haats sexually assaulted the 7-year-old victim about once a month for the past three years, forcing her into sex acts.

After the victim told her grandmother, documents say Haats also admitted to sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl, but not as often because "she didn't seem to like it."

Grandmother: I was so appalled. It was just like something in the pit of my stomach to do that to a child. It's just appalling. It's just monstrous.

In court Haats gave a tearful apology and asked for their forgiveness.

"All the tears he shed are crocodile tears. He's sorry he got caught, not for what he did."

She says the best closure is knowing this man will be away from her girls and behind bars for 14 years.

The judge also handed down 10 years of supervised probation following Haats's release.

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