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Mitchell man pleads guilty to rape of minor

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.

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.