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Registered sex offender accused of sexual contact with minor in Parkston

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PARKSTON — A man registered as a sex offender living in Mitchell was charged Jan. 11 with having sexual contact with a minor in Parkston.

Kent Moser, 39, faces one count of having sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16, an offense elevated from a Class 3 to a Class 2 felony because he has a prior conviction for the same charge.

On Jan. 11, Parkston police were called to an East Maple Street residence where the juvenile girl said Moser had sexually assaulted her while she was cooking, according to a police affidavit. A family member of the victim called police after confronting Moser, who allegedly admitted to the sexual contact. Moser was then arrested.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice's sex offender registry, Moser was convicted in 2000 of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in Minnehaha County.

A South Dakota Department of Corrections database indicates Moser was discharged from DOC supervision in 2015, though it doesn't indicate if that sentence was for the Minnehaha County conviction or another offense.

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If convicted of the new charge, Moser could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

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