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Posted on: March 27, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Ex-military recruiter sentenced to lengthy prison term

Robert Haas

District Attorney Tony Jordan announced today that Robert Haas was sentenced to 19 years in prison followed by 20 years of post-release supervision. On February 25, 2015, the defendant pled guilty to one count of Rape in the First Degree, a class B violent felony, one count of Criminal Sexual Act, a class B violent felony, and one count of Strangulation, a class D violent felony for victimizing three women.

Robert Haas lived in Washington County for just 11 months. In that short time he victimized at least three women. Robert Haas selected these women. Mr. Haas set his sights on them, earned their trust, and then violated that trust in some of the worst ways possible. The defendant greatly underestimated these three women. He greatly underestimated their bravery and strength. That bravery and strength is the reason the case was successfully prosecuted and the reason that justice was served today.

In so many criminal cases the only person who really knows the whole truth is the defendant. This case involving Mr. Haas is a rare instance where the defendant gave us that truth. Mr. Haas kept a log of his truth, an organized and alphabetized log that walked us down a dangerous path. This truth pointed to victims well beyond these three women in Washington County.

For Robert Haas’ victims that truth is something they have to live with for the rest of their lives. There is no amount of prison time that can make these women whole again, that can give back what the defendant took from them.

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