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Second Rape Reported At Harrisburg Home

February 15, 2013, 5:43 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Second Rape Reported At Harrisburg Home
HARRISBURG, SD -

Lincoln County authorities have received a second sexual assault report at a Harrisburg home at the center of a rape investigation.

Last month, authorities were called to a home on Jeannie Lane in Harrisburg where a 12-year-old girl reported she had been raped.

Court documents say she was gang raped by three men at the home. A 20-year-old Sioux Falls man and 16-year-old Iowa teen have already been arrested, but Lincoln County authorities are still looking for 19-year-old Obadiah Loyira, who also goes by ‘J’ or ‘JJ’ and lives at the home. He has also been charged with raping the pre-teen girl.

The second report came in last week. The victim said the crime happened last fall. That case is still under investigation and no charges or arrests have been made.

It's just one of the more than a dozen calls the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has taken about that address in the past two years.

From domestic abuse to disorderly conduct the home on Jeannie Lane in Harrisburg has been a frequent stop for law enforcement.

"I have two young kids and we've never seen a cop on this street until that house was up so of course that brings concern with safety and what's going on," neighbor Jasmin Kooiman said.

KELOLAND News did a story with the family when they moved into the newly-built Habitat for Humanity house just before Christmas 2010.

Since then the Lincoln County Sheriff has received calls about the address 16 times.

"They are actually very concerned,” Harrisburg Mayor Julie Burke-Bowen said. “It's something this is their way of life. This is their quality of life that they're concerned about.”

It's not just the recent rape allegations upsetting neighbors. They say there is trash in the yard, long grass, and weeds. Our camera spotted a mattress in the backyard Friday.

Several neighbors recently brought their concerns to Burke-Bowen. She says the city and law enforcement are keeping an eye on the house.

"All we can do is make sure the neighbors feel safe. Make sure we're patrolling the area if there seems to be something in the area that would be causing a problem," Burke-Bowen said.

Members of the Akile family didn't want to do an on camera interview but told KELOLAND News that it's just a few neighbors who don't like them and want them to move out.

But Kooiman says several neighbors on the street have concerns and with this latest investigation, she's ready to move out.

"There are other factors in it as well but this last incident has definitely triggered me to get it listed," Kooiman said.

Habitat for Humanity says it does plan to put two more homes on that street, but they say this is a story about a troubled family not Habitat for Humanity.

The organization says it has built 110 homes in the region in the last 21 years and this is the first time something like this has ever happened.
 

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