Rape charge results in penitentiary sentence

Rape charge results in penitentiary sentence by M. Jill Sundstrom Christopher McDonald, 20, of Meckling, will spend two years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary as a result of pleading guilty to attempted sexual contact with a child under 16.

McDonald was sentenced Jan. 26 to five years in prison, with three years suspended, according to Clay County State�s Attorney Tami Bern. His prison term began Feb. 1.

He originally pled not guilty to rape in the first degree. The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred between August and September of 1997, involving a seven-year-old female. McDonald was indicted on April 10, 1998 and changed his plea on Oct. 2, 1998.

McDonald will have to follow several terms and conditions after his release from prison.

�He will be on parole for three years after his release and will have to follow the conditions of the judgment of conviction and sentence,� Bern said.

Those conditions include participating in a recognized sex offender treatment program for no less than three years. The program will focus on understanding and acknowledging deviant sexuality, the development of positive sexuality, relapse prevention, criminal thinking intervention, the development of victim empathy and healthy stress management and anger management interventions.

McDonald cannot possess any form of pornography, or possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances. He will be subject to random search and seizure if he is believed to be in violation of any terms of his parole. McDonald must also submit to breath, blood or urine analysis at any time requested by his parole officer, maintain a full-time job unless he is attending school and pay restitution and court costs.

Several other conditions were noted in the judgement of conviction and sentence. McDonald was also advised of his statutory obligation to register as a sex offender.

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