Jose Rodriquez, 22, of Hanley Falls, was sentenced to 60 days in the Yellow Medicine County Jail for the 2013 sexual assault of an underage girl. The assault occurred while Rodriquez was working as a baseball coach in the Hanley Falls summer recreation program.
According to city documents, Rodriquez worked with the program from June to July of last year. The name of the victim is not being released to protect her privacy, but she was a player on the team he coached. She was under the age of 13 when the assault occurred.
The incident was reported to the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s office on August 22. At first, Rodriquez denied having contact with the victim, but eventually told investigators that he had the girl pull her pants down while he simulated sex acts in the equipment room adjacent to the baseball field.
According to court documents, Rodriquez thought about apologizing to the victim, but never did. He thought she maybe had forgiven him and had moved on. The victim eventually confided to her mother about the incident, who immediately contacted authorities.
The original charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree was eventually dismissed by the court, and Rodriquez plead guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree in October.
The court granted a stay of adjudication which means no conviction will appear on his permanent criminal record if he serves his time in prison and abides by the terms of his 10 years supervised probation.
Rodriquez was also ordered to pay fines and legal fees amounting to $575. He is expected to begin serving his sentence before the end of January.