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Lake Benton teen, already jailed on rape charges, faces criminal sexual conduct charge in Nobles County

Tristen Simonsen allegedly has multiple victims in South Dakota.

WORTHINGTON — A 19-year-old Lake Benton man currently in the Brookings County, South Dakota jail on charges of first and second degree rape now faces charges in Nobles County Fifth District Court for third degree criminal sexual conduct .

Tristen Scott Simonsen is also being investigated for multiple other criminal sexual conduct cases with minors in South Dakota.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County , law enforcement officers were contacted by the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office on June 14, seeking assistance in locating a juvenile female who resides in Nobles County.

Law enforcement was notified that Simonsen was under investigation for criminal sexual conduct with multiple victims. During the Brookings County investigation, they reportedly discovered a “kiss list” and “body list” on Simonsen’s phone. One of the victims on the “body list” was from Nobles County , indicating Simonsen possibly had sex with the teen.

During an interview with the victim, it was learned that a sexual encounter between the two had occurred in early August 2020. The victim was 13 years old at the time, and Simonsen told her he was 17.

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The victim then stated that after the incident, Simonsen continued to contact her through snapchat, and reportedly asked if the victim and a friend would have a threesome with him. They both declined. Simonsen then reportedly began sending images of himself naked to both of the individuals.

The victim stated she had blocked Simonsen from snapchat when she heard what he was charged with in Brookings County, and the last time the victim reportedly spoke with Simonsen was in September or October 2020.

Due to the victim’s age at the time of the encounter, and Simonsen being more than 24 months older, Simonsen faces a maximum sentence of not more than 15 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $30,000.

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