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DA reluctantly reduces charge in sexual assault case

Former town of Geneva police sergeant was investigator

May 26, 2010 | 09:24 AM
Elkhorn — A sexual assault charge significantly was reduced Tuesday during a plea hearing for a case former Geneva Town Police Sgt. Robert Haase investigated.

Scott J. Anderson, 7186 Depot St., Springfield, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree sexual assault, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. Originally, Anderson was charged with felony repeated sexual assault of the same child, which carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

During the plea hearing, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube left no question why the charge was changed. "I would have never made this offer in this case if it were not for the actions of the investigating officer," he said.

After the hearing, Grube said the case was tough on him and he wasn't happy with the results. "But it was the only way to get it resolved short of it being dismissed," he said. "I have never been part of a case that was so horribly damaged by a police officer."

Recently, Haase, 42, Elkhorn, was charged with felony misconduct in office and intentionally falsifying a recorded statement. If convicted, he could face up to seven years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.

Throughout the criminal complaint filed against Haase, references are made to the Anderson investigation.

According to the complaint, Grube was not provided evidence from Haase related to the case, including the victim's underwear and a computer tower. At the plea hearing, Judge Robert Kennedy said that this was a complicated case.

Before Anderson entered his plea, Kennedy told him there were problems with the evidence in the case "especially due to the actions of a particular police officer." After Anderson pleaded no contest, Kennedy found him guilty of the charges. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 18 at 8:30 a.m.

During the sentencing hearing, the judge will have to determine whether Anderson has to serve probation and register as a sex offender.

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Robin Shellow, one of Anderson's attorneys, said she will ask for no probation, minimal confinement and that Anderson not have to register has a sex offender.

Shellow said prosecutors will ask Anderson to register as a sex offender.

Last month, Haase was ordered to sign a signature bond and have no contact with Anderson or his victim.

Haase's attorneys, Melissa Frost and Stephen Kramer, also filed a motion to have a special prosecutor handle his case.

A motion hearing in Haase's case is scheduled for June 16.

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