A Canadian national faces decades in prison in the United States for alleged child abuse on an Indian reservation in Minnesota.
A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 32-year-old Brady John Hillis with “two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12,” according to a press release. States.
The Minnesota U.S. District Attorney said the abuse took place in June 2018 on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation in northeast Minnesota.
According to Thunder Bay Newswatch, Hillis was a guest at a resort on the reserve when the crimes were allegedly committed – as were the victims, three girls aged seven, nine and 12.
The news site says Hillis, a resident of Kenora, Ont., Is an OPP constable, although he is currently suspended with indemnity.
As the publication notes, the accused attempted to fight his extradition on the grounds that US guidelines for such crimes are much stricter than Canada’s; Hillis faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years on the aggravated sexual abuse charge.
He made his first appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday.