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Pierre sex offender charged with rape of minor in Tripp County, faces life in prison

Burton King has been a registered sex offender since 1993.

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Burton Wilbur King is a registered sex offender whose address is listed in Pierre. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry

WINNER — A Pierre man who has been on South Dakota's sex offender registry since 1993 is facing life in prison after he was charged with the rape of minor in Tripp County on Tuesday.

Burton King, 61, was charged with first-degree rape and sexual contact with a child under sixteen after an incident from 2016 was reported to law enforcement.

A criminal complaint filed on Oct. 19 by officials in Tripp County accuses King of knowingly engaged with acts of sexual contact and sexual penetration with a minor. The incident occurred in April 2016, court documents say, when the victim was 8 years old.

An arrest affidavit detailing the incident has been sealed by the court for the victim's protection. It is unclear whether King knew the victim or not.

King has been a registered sex offender since 1993, when he was convicted in federal court for aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

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Rape in the first degree is a Class C felony, punishable with a maximum life sentence to the state penitentiary, a fine of $50,000 or both.

King is due to appear in a Tripp County courtroom on Oct. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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