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A Look Ahead at Wednesdays Supreme Court Cases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today is the final day the South Dakota Supreme Court will hear cases at the University of Sioux Falls. The high court has been listening to cases every day this week. They’ll hear three cases today. The first case is the State of South Dakota vs. Waylon Nathan Uhre. A Meade County Grand Jury indicted Uhre…

Former USD Football Player Found Not Guilty of Attempted Rape

A Clay County jury has found former University of South Dakota football player, Dale Williamson, not guilty of attempted rape. The trial began Monday, jurors made the announcement Tuesday evening. Williamson, from Texarkana, Texas, was facing charges of attempted second-degree rape stemming from an October 2017 incident. The victim police he and another football player, Danny Rambo Jr., walked into a room…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man charged with rape, aggravated incest, and sexual exploitation of a minor appeared in court today. 26-year-old Jon Winterholler pled not guilty to the seven charges this morning. He was arrested late January after he told police he had physical contact with two young victims. Winterholler is considered a “habitual offender” with prior…

Man Sentenced To A Century In Prison For Child Rape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A convicted rapist is sentenced to 100 years in state prison for forcing a girl to have sex with him at knifepoint. A few months ago, 39-year-old Ivor Grove was found guilty of Rape, Aggravated Assault and Sexual Contact with a Minor.  In summer 2016, prosecutors say Grove raped the victim after taking her and her…

35-Year-Old Man Charged With Rape, Sexual Contact With Minor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Pukwana man is facing rape and sexual contact charges in Minnehaha County. Court documents say the victim was only six years old at the time. 35-year-old Craig Rosenberger was taken into custody yesterday afternoon, however, the allegations of abuse date back to 2016. According to court documents, the victim told her parents about the abuse…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

Two USD Football Players Arrested On Rape Charges

Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.VERMILLION, S.D. – The names of two University of South Dakota football players involved in a sexual assault investigation have been released. According to The Vermillion Police Department, junior Danny Rambo Jr., 20, has been arrested for second degree rape. Sophomore Dale Williamson Jr., 21, has been arrested for attempted second degree rape. The two…

South Dakota Man Sentenced To 87 Years On Sex Abuse Charges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 87 years in prison on sexual abuse charges. Forty-three-year-old Christian Thomas, of Plankinton, was convicted in May on 26 counts, including rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, and possession of child pornography. Authorities say the charges stem from incidents that involved two minor victims. South Dakota…

FULL STORY: Police: Man Charged After Attempting To Rape Woman In SF Garage

A man is behind bars after police say he attempted to rape a woman inside a garage in central Sioux Falls. They say the woman was rescued after someone heard her screaming. Fifty-year-old Sergio Marroquin is facing up to 16-and-a-half years in prison; charged with 2nd degree attempted rape and 4 counts of simple assault. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam…

Tabor Man Gets 65-Year Prison Sentence For Child Sex Crimes

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) – A 41-year-old Tabor man has been sentenced to 65 years in the State Penitentiary for child sex crimes. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports that Paul Brewer was sentenced Tuesday on convictions for rape of a child under the age of 13 and sexual contact with a child under 16. Brewer had faced possible life…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff’s Office Sees ‘Cases And Cases’ Of Sexting In Schools: ‘It’s almost becoming problematic.’

Following the arrest of an 18-year-old Baltic man this week, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office is warning teenagers about the dangers of social media. The Sheriff’s Office says it’s not unusual for them to deal with extortion cases involving nude photos and teens. “Be aware that it can be very harmful if you send pictures of yourself to somebody and…

Court Documents Reveal Year-Long Interaction, “Hundreds” of Nude Photos Sent Via Snapchat

18-year-old Nicholas Charles Schmidt appeared in Minnehaha County Court Thursday

BALTIC, S.D. – An 18-year-old Baltic man is facing three counts of child pornography charges and three counts of rape after a 16-year-old girl confronted police earlier this month. The girl told police she used Snapchat to send hundreds of nude photos of herself to the defendant who then saved the pictures, and threatened to show them to people if…

Assault, Rape Victim Appears In Court, Asks Judge To Keep Suspect Behind Bars

Judge Sets DeMarcus Bethany's Bond At $2,500

A Sioux Falls victim appeared in a Minnehaha County Courtroom Monday asking a judge not to release the man she says assaulted and raped her. While in court, the victim told the judge that she’s ‘been living in hell’ since the incident occurred. She asked the court to not release her boyfriend 26-year-old DeMarcus Bethany from jail, fearing for her…

FULL STORY: Police Put Domestic Violence In Spotlight After Woman Allegedly Strangled, Raped

Police are highlighting a case of domestic violence after they say a Sioux Falls woman was strangled several times and raped by her boyfriend. He is currently behind bars, but police say the victim’s situation is similar to what they see all the time. “We’re just glad she finally did call police,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens. Police…

Shining A Light On The Sexual Abuse Problem

FBI: South Dakota Ranks Second In U.S. In Reported Rapes Per Capita

Advocates for victims of rape work year-round to shed light on the abuse. This month, however, there’s an even bigger focus. April is dedicated to sexual abuse awareness. On Thursday, Sioux Falls Police arrested Mark Diede, 39, for allegedly molesting two young girls. Michelle Markgraf, Executive Director with The Compass Center, an abuse counseling resource, said the state has a…

Judge Allows Defendant’s Statement In Child Assault Case

A Rapid City woman charged with assaulting a 4-year-old girl in her care has failed in her attempt to exclude statements she gave to law enforcement and the victim’s family. Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel denied Ashlee Goldsmith’s request to exclude those statements in the case against her. The 27-year-old Goldsmith is charged with two counts of first-degree rape. Prosecutors…

Frederick McAbee Agrees To 50 Years In Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls has agreed to serve at least 50 years in state prison. 42-year-old Frederick McAbee pled guilty to second degree rape and commission of a felony rape with a firearm in Minnehaha County court this afternoon. McAbee was originally charged with 16 counts including attempted murder…