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Wagner man pleads not guilty in rape of minor

LAKE ANDES--A Wagner man pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree rape to an individual younger than 13 years of age. Sunrise Waetermans, 38, was charged earlier this year with two counts of first-degree rape, stemming from two inc...

LAKE ANDES-A Wagner man pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree rape to an individual younger than 13 years of age.

Sunrise Waetermans, 38, was charged earlier this year with two counts of first-degree rape, stemming from two incidents between 2013 and 2015 in which he sexually touched a young girl in Wagner and threatened to hurt and kill her if she told anyone, court documents state.

According to court documents, the girl told officials she was raped when she was younger than 13. On Jan. 5, she identified Waetermans as the suspect during an interview.

A trial has been set for Waetermans on Aug. 28.

Waetermans is charged with two counts of first-degree rape of a person younger than 13-years-old, Class C felonies, both punishable upon conviction by up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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