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Man convicted for molesting girls more than 20 years ago

MOORHEAD - A Clay County District Court jury has found 54-year-old Rodney Russell Trudeau guilty of sexually abusing twin girls more than 20 years ago.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct at about 1:25 p.m. today.

During closing arguments of the trial, defense attorney Joe Parise told the jury that afer so much time, the memories of the women, now in their 30s, could not be relied upon.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton acknowledged the stories told by the women differed in some ways, but he said it showed they were telling the truth and not recounting manufactured testimony.

The women testified that Trudeau sexually abused them on many accasions after he befriended their family and became a babysitter to them.

The abuse happened while the girls lived in Moorhead and Dilworth, according to testimony.