Man Accused Of Cutting Off Woman’s Nipples Appears In Court

A Sioux Falls man accused of sitting on a woman and slicing off her nipples with a pair of scissors appeared in court Thursday.

A judge entered a not guilty plea on 45-year-old Tony Ledbetter’s behalf Thursday and set bond at $250,000 cash. Defense attorney David Stuart says Ledbetter is unlikely to post bond.

Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman says the victim is pregnant, but did not confirm if the child is Ledbetter’s.

Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens says Ledbetter attacked the woman during an argument Tuesday. He’s charged with domestic aggravated assault.
Clemens says the woman told investigators Ledbetter also punched her, slammed her head on the ground and tried to stop her screaming by putting his forearm on her throat and stuffing a blanket in her mouth.

The Lincoln County State’s Attorney says they’ll be presenting this case to a grand jury in the near future.
The 39-year-old woman was hospitalized but no information about her condition has been released.

A friend of the victim set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.