Wakonda man pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

By Travis Gulbrandson


A Wakonda man has pleaded not guilty to two counts involving the abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Larry Rederick, 38, appeared in the Clay County Courthouse Tuesday morning in regard to the charges of sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Rederick was indicted by a Clay County grand jury on Aug. 1 after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Glen Eng said Tuesday that if Rederick is convicted, there will be an enhancement of the charges due to prior convictions, with sexual contact being considered a Class 2 felony and sexual exploitation a Class 5 felony.

If he is convicted of the enhanced charges, Rederick will face a maximum of 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $50,000 fine for the first charge, and five years in the state penitentiary and/or a fine of $10,000 for the second.

Rederick currently is at the Clay County Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

His attorney, public defender Jason Rumpsa, requested a bond reduction, stating that his client is going through a divorce and unsubstantiated allegations have been made by the same child in the past.

Rumpsa added that he did not think Rederick would be a flight risk, and that on release he would go to live at his parents’ farm and continue to participate in the 24/7 program.

Rederick has a job lined up and “would like to be able to make some money to support his family,” Rumpsa said.

“My client has no plans to go anywhere. He wants to take care of this matter,” Rumpsa said.

States Attorney Teddi Gertsma asked the judge to deny the motion because Rederick is facing “serious charges of possession of a controlled substance” in Yankton.

She added that Rederick does not have a job, and that she thinks he is a flight risk.

“I don’t think he is a good candidate to be out on the streets at this time,” she said.

Eng made no changes to the bond, and said Rederick must continue to take part in the 24/7 program and have no contact with his alleged victim.

Rederick was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation following a report on July 19 of alleged sexual contact between him and a 13-year-old girl.

This is not the first time Rederick has been cited in the courts. Eng said he was previously convicted of intent to distribute meth in Minnehaha County in 2001.

Rederick’s name also has been seen in the police logs of the Vermillion Plain Talk and the Yankton Press & Dakotan, most recently in the May 9, 2013 edition of the P&D, where he is listed as being arrested on a 24/7 violation.

A jury trial has been set for 9 a.m., Sept. 23 at the Clay County Courthouse. Rederick has the option of taking a plea until Sept. 3.

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