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Mitchell man pleads guilty to rape of minor

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mitchell man has pleaded guilty to a rape charge after admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Jerold Andersen, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Davison County court to one count of fourth-degree rape of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 years old.

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He admitted to having sex with the minor in October 2013 near Lake Mitchell and said he knew the girl was underage when the incident occurred.

The crime is a class 3 felony and carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. As part of the guilty plea, a lesser domestic abuse charge was dropped.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26.

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