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New trial date sceduled for May 20 in sex abuse, rape case

Brad Hill's defense attorney files motion to continue trial and motion for settlement conference
The trial of a Prineville man charged with sex abuse charges and related charges has been rescheduled.
   Brad William Hill was in a pre-trial conference Thursday, March 13, according to Crook County Deputy District Attorney Daina Vitolins.
   "And two things happened," Vitolins said. "A settlement conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 10th before Judge (George) Neilson, and the new trial date is May 20 at 9 a.m."
   Prineville attorney Bill Condron, who represents the defendant, had filed a motion to "continue the trial and also a motion for a settlement conference," Vitolins said.
   Additionally, Condron filed a motion for a waiver of the defendant's right to have a trial within 60 days.
   The Central Oregonian called Condron regarding the case, but he declined to comment.
   "The specific reason is the defense desires more time to settle this matter and also to conduct a settlement conference," Vitolins said. The original trial date had been set for April 8.
   Hill faces 30 counts, consisting of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
   First-degree sexual abuse is a Class B felony, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree is classified as a Class A felony, and second-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony.
   First-degree sodomy and first-degree rape are both Class A felonies, as is using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
   The Crook County incidents are alleged to have occurred between 1999 and 2006. Officers from the Oregon State Police arrested Hill on Feb. 8, and he was originally charged with 164 counts of sex offenses in a case that allegedly involved a girl during a 10-year period. Later, after review by the Crook County District Attorney's Office, those charges were dropped to 36 and then to 30. The investigation began Jan. 25 when the female victim came forward with allegations that she had been sexually abused by Hill since the third grade and it had continued into her high school years. The victim now lives in Grant County. Hill was arraigned on Feb. 15 and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Circuit Court Judge Gary S. Thompson handled the arraignment.