Former Walworth County State’s Attorney Charged with Rape Held on No Bond

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man who formerly served as State’s Attorney in Walworth County is being held on no bond on three counts of Rape. On Wednesday, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced in a joint press release that 34-year-old Christopher Robert Jansen of Selby had been arrested and charged with three counts of First Degree Rape. The charges stem from alleged incidents that were reported in Hughes County. Jansen made his initial appearance Thursday from the Hughes County Jail through a video link with the courthouse. Judge Leo Disburg told Jansen that First Degree Rape is a Class C felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years to life in prison, a $50,000 fine or both. Hughes County State’s Attorney Kloeppner asked that Jansen be held on no bond given the gravity of the accusations. She also cited concerns that Jansen poses a danger to the community and to himself. Jansen’s defense attorney Joan Powell stated that she will file a motion regarding her client’s bond in the future, but didn’t object to the no bond requirement at this time. Jansen’s next court appearance is planned for August 26.
Jansen previously served as State’s Attorney in Walworth County, but was defeated in a bid for re-election in 2012.

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