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Canadian police officer charged with abusing children on MN Indian reservation

The abuse allegedly happened in 2017.

A Canadian national is facing decades in U.S. prison over child abuse that allegedly happened on a Minnesota Indian reservation. 

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged Brady John Hillis, 32, with "two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 years of age and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age," a news release states.

The U.S. District Attorney of Minnesota says the abuse happened in June 2018 on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation, which is in northeastern Minnesota.

According to Thunder Bay Newswatch, Hillis was a guest at a resort on the reservation when the crimes were allegedly committed — as were the victims, three girls who were seven, nine and 12 years old. 

The news site says Hillis, a resident of Kenora, Ontario, is an Ontario Provincial Police officer, though currently on paid suspension. 

As the publication notes, the defendant attempted to fight his extradition on the grounds that U.S. guidelines for such crimes are much harsher than Canada's; Hillis is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years for the aggravated sexual abuse charge.

He made his first appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday.

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