Rapid City woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for child rape - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for child rape


A Rapid City woman charged with the rape of a 13-year-old boy will spend 10 years behind bars. 

Through tears Monday, 29-year-old April Solles apologized to the court and her victim.

In August, she pled guilty but mentally ill to one count of sexual contact and two counts of fourth degree rape.  In exchange for her plea, the state dropped the remaining counts which included a child pornography charge.

State prosecutor Tracey Decker called Solles a danger to children and requested intensive therapy as part of her sentence.  Solles' attorney, Paul Winter said the case is a tragedy on many levels.   He said his client's need for medication and therapy stem from early her sexualization because she was molested as a child.

Based on her pre-sentence mental and sex offender evaluations, Presiding Judge Jeff Davis said rehabilitation for Solles is "distant." He sentenced her to ten years for the sexual contact charge, and seven years for each of the fourth degree rape charges.  All are to run concurrent or at the same time.  

This case first came to light when Solles' baby daughter died under suspicious circumstances involving a teenage boy.  Further investigation revealed there was a sexual relationship between her and the boy.

Solles, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody immediately following Monday's hearing.

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