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21-year-old Douglas County man arrested following alleged rape of minor

Jay Genzler, 21, was arrested on Sept. 13 in connection to the rape of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.

The Douglas County courthouse. (Republic file photo)
The Douglas County Courthouse. (Republic file photo)
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HARRISON, S.D. — A Harrison, S.D., man has been arrested in connection to an alleged rape of a minor.

Jay Genzler, 21, was arrested in Douglas County on Sept. 13 in connection to the alleged rape of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.

Court documents note that, on or between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2021, Genzler allegedly committed fourth-degree rape of a minor. The documents allege that Genzler knowingly engaged in sexual contact and solicited a minor to engage in intercourse and sodomy.

According to court documents, Genzler is being be charged with three counts of sexual assault, count one for rape in the fourth degree, a Class 3 felony; the second for sexual contact with a child under 16, a Class 3 felony; and the third charge for solicitation of a minor, a Class 4 felony.

Upon conviction, Class 3 felony charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines, while the Class 4 felony charge carries a penalty of up to two years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.

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Genzler has not yet entered a plea, but was released on a $1,000 bond on Sept. 15.

He is set to appear in court at the Douglas County Courthouse on Dec. 8 for a preliminary hearing.

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