A girl and her friend talked to her mom about something that happened during sleepovers. Now, a Minnehaha County man is in jail – charged with 4th degree rape.
47-year-old Torin Lodmell made his first court appearance Friday afternoon.
The Dell Rapids man is accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl as she slept. Court papers say he may have attempted similar things with three other girls.
The affidavit says he would take off their blankets when he thought they were sleeping.
One girl told investigators she remembered waking up to Lodmell trying to pull her pajama pants off. She told him to stop.
Court papers say two of the girls had mentioned things about the blankets to their mothers in the past.
One told investigators she had thought he was probably high. They both thought he was just joking around.
The allegations date back to 2015, 2016 and 2017. At the time, the alleged victims were between the ages of eleven and 13.