Day ordered Mead have no contact with the victim and scheduled a non-evidentiary motions hearing for both files for 10 a.m., on April 3 at the Butte County Courthouse in Belle Fourche.
“In addition to that, it is my understanding and the state believes it would have evidence to show the court that there was an acknowledgement between the two parties with respect to a pact to kill themselves together at the same time in different locations,” Wendt said. “The victim has been hospitalized due to what is going on around her and due to the continued involvement with the defendant.”
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First-degree rape is a Class C felony, punishable by life imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Under this class of felony, there is a mandatory minimum requirement of 15 years in the state penitentiary. Additionally, a $50,000 fine may be imposed. If convicted, Mead, who pleaded not guilty on both counts, would be required to comply by the South Dakota sexual offender registry laws.
Mead was released on $25,000 bond following the first indictment in November, 2016, and after the second indictment was filed March 14, was rearrested and has been incarcerated since that time.
BELLE FOURCHE — A Butte County grand jury indicted a Belle Fourche man on two counts of rape in the first degree of a person who is less than 13 years of age. According to court documents filed Nov. 8, 2016, on Aug. 18, 2016, David Mead, 18, accomplished an act of sexual penetration with a 12-year-old female. Additional court documents filed on March 14 indicate Mead was again indicted for rape in the first degree of the same 12-year-old female between Sept. 17 and Nov. 10, 2016, after Mead turned 19.
Matt Kinney, Mead’s attorney, indicated during his Thursday arraignment on the second count, that Mead’s family borrowed money from their church to pay for the initial bond.