Fall River County authorities are waiting for a former county corrections officer to be extradited from Ohio on charges that he raped a female inmate.
The alleged victim in the case was in jail for a probation violation. That put her in the custody of county jailers, including 30-year-old Anthony Peet of Oral, a small community southeast of Hot Springs.
Rapid City lawyer Ken Orrock, who is prosecuting the case for Fall River County, says the young woman suffered a series of sexual assaults while she was in jail from mid-December to early January.
"The evidence indicates it began at some point after she was incarcerated and continued on and culminating in the rape event in which he's been charged," Orrock said.
Orrock was hired to prosecute Peet because Fall River County State's Attorney Jim Sword was prosecuting the alleged victim for the probation violation and also because of the accused being a former county corrections officer. Orrock says it's crucial the woman has confidence in the system and its potential for justice.
Victims of such serious crimes are in great distress and need support from the system, both in proper prosecution and special services, he said.
"And we've been able to bring in the victim-assistance people from the Attorney General's Division of Criminal Investigation and provide services for her through that, so that we're comfortable and satisfied that we're meeting our obligations to her as a victim and so that she's comfortable in receiving those services from someone she knows is on her side," Orrock said.
Peet fled before he could be arrested initially. A search involving the Fall River County Sheriff's Office, state DCI investigators and Ohio authorities led to his arrest Saturday in Bryan, Ohio.
The probation violation involving the alleged rape victim was settled and she has since been released from the jail.