Two-word omission by judge leads to new trial in sex trafficking case

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A Grand Island man convicted of sex trafficking is getting a new trial because of a judge's error.

A Hall County jury convicted 34-year-old Hassan Aden in June on two counts of sex trafficking.

In court documents, Aden's attorney asked for a new trial, arguing that during jury instructions, District Judge Mark Young failed to include the specific phrase "without consent" when describing the crime of human trafficking.

The attorney argued that those two words are a key element of the crime.

Judge Young ruled that Aden should get a new trial. A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for October.

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