The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office actively and aggressively
prosecutes sexual offenses as well as the abuse of children. If you have any questions regarding whether you have been a victim of a sexual offense, please do not hesitate to call the Sioux Falls Police Department (367-7000) or the Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office (367-4226). We would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.
Under the South Dakota Codified Laws, Rape is defined as sexual penetration accomplished in any of the following manners:
The maximum punishment for rape varies depending on the facts of the rape. The maximum sentence for rape of a child under the age of ten is a life sentence, while other rapes are punishable by ten, fifteen, or twenty-five years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Other sexual offenses frequently prosecuted by the State's Attorney's Office include Sexual Contact With A Child Under Sixteen, Possession of Child Pornography, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender.