HURON — Facing dozens of sex-related charges, John G. Rose of Huron avoided a jury trial when he entered into a plea agreement with the state.
Rose, 66, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to one count of first-degree rape. Nearly three dozen other charges of rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, aggravated incest and possession or manufacture of child pornography were dismissed by prosecutors as part of the deal.
The case has been moving toward a jury trial for much of the year after Rose’s arrest. He was indicted by a Beadle County grand jury.
Rose told Circuit Judge Vince Foley he agreed to enter the guilty plea so that everyone involved could avoid a trial.
The judge meticulously questioned the defendant to ensure that he understood what was happening in the hearing.
After the plea was entered into the record, Foley revoked the defendant’s bond and ordered him held in the Regional Correction Center pending a scheduled Dec. 10 sentencing.
Rose faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 15 years and a maximum penalty of life behind bars. He could also be fined a maximum of $50,000 and restitution may be ordered as well.
Within the next six weeks before sentencing, Foley said court services will conduct a presentence investigation. A psycho-sexual evaluation was also ordered by the judge.
The first-degree rape charge Rose pleaded guilty to involved a girl who was 10 years old at the time.
Beadle County State’s Attorney Mike Moore said the September 2011 incident constituted sexual penetration. Investigators found a video on a digital camera memory card that showed Rose touching the girl. It was one of many videos.
Rose complained to the judge that law enforcement procedures during the search of his house were uncalled for, and that he cooperated by telling them where to locate evidence. But officers searched the entire house, did not secure valuable items and left the front door open, he said.
Foley granted the state’s request that Rose’s bond be revoked.
Defense attorney Jeff Burns argued for house arrest, saying it would give Rose time to get his affairs in order.
But the judge denied the defense’s request, saying the guilty plea was a major change in the case.For the complete article see the 10-24-2013 issue.
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