ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Mitchell man gets max sentence of 20 years for sexual contact with young girl

A Mitchell man was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison Monday for two counts of sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl. Chad Voeltz, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, for charges of making sexual contact...

2626936+0B6mdMHpnRAY7dVl1V0pmQ05TVVk.jpg
Chad Voeltz

A Mitchell man was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison Monday for two counts of sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl.

Chad Voeltz, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, for charges of making sexual contact with a young girl. The charges stem from two incidents between May 31, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010.

Voeltz was initially charged with first-degree rape and attempted sexual contact with a child under 16 after the girl approached law enforcement on May 11 and said she was raped by Voeltz approximately four times, according to court documents.

Voeltz was previously convicted of possession of child pornography, according to court disposition. He underwent sex offender treatment, which he completed after the 2009 and 2010 incidents.

Voeltz apologized for his actions and said he "was in a dark place" at the time. Voeltz told the court he is not the same person anymore.

ADVERTISEMENT

"I promised my kids I would never do anything wrong again, and I kept that promise, and I don't know how to explain to them what's going on now and explain to them I still kept my promise," Voeltz said.

Voeltz's attorney, Zachary Flood, said Voeltz has been on probation for six years and has never violated his terms. Flood also said the rehabilitation aspect of sentencing has already been fulfilled. Chief Deputy State's Attorney Robert O'Keefe disagreed because Voeltz did not mention the incidents during his time in treatment.

"He let the victim suffer for years in her own silence until she had enough courage to come forward," O'Keefe said. "To me, that's not rehabilitation."

Voeltz was given credit for two days served in jail and was ordered to pay $104 in court fees for each charge. Although the victim has yet to accrue any costs from psychological treatment, restitution was ordered for any future counseling.

Voeltz is estimated to be first eligible for parole in January 2023.

Related Topics: CRIME
What To Read Next
“We’re using more water than we are guaranteed to have access to now," said City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein.
A resolution looking to allow the legislature to consider work requirements on the newly expanded Medicaid program is one step closer to the 2024 ballot.
Throughout the county party election season, stretching from mid-November to the end of January, delegates have succeeded in changing the makeup of key county parties, like Minnehaha and Pennington.
Members Only
“In our industry there aren’t a lot of young people in it. I like the fact that there are a lot of young people in agriculture here,” he said of the Mitchell area.