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Subject GOP pays $10k to bail GOP candidate pedo groomer and convicted child molestor Joel Koskan who got zero jail deal from Noem appointed judge
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Original Message South Dakota state Senate candidate Joel Matthew Koskan was charged with child abuse. Court documents allege the GOP candidate groomed his adopted daughter, controlled her, and ultimately sexually assaulted her over a period of 6 years. The probable cause statement reads like a manual of sexual grooming for a child molester.

The 44-year-old, three-time Republican candidate Koskan is out on a $100,000 bond, having paid out $10,000 in cash. As the Dakota Free Press reports, about a week before the charges were made public, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee sent Koskan $10,000.

The details of the charges are intense. Koskan’s accuser says he began grooming her at a young age with unhealthy performative affectionate displays that made her uncomfortable. After she discussed the interactions at a “faith-based” summer sleep-away camp, counselors at the camp contacted the Department of Social Services at that time. Koskan’s adopted daughter was 14 years old at that time and chose not to cooperate, saying she feared being “without a family again.”

The charge is a Class 4 felony, bringing with it a maximum of 10 years in prison. However, according to the Argus Leader, a proposed plea deal filed on Nov. 7 would have “all jail and prison time suspended for Koskan.” The deal would include Koskan undergoing a “psycho-sexual assessment,” though the details of what that assessment may entail is unknown, and paying for the accuser’s therapy sessions if she chooses to attend therapy.

Koskan, his attorney, and the deputy attorney general’s names are signed to the plea deal document that was dated to the first week of September. KEVN reports that the agreement attorney with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office, Brent Kempema, told Sixth Circuit Judge Margo Northup that his office’s discussions with the accuser had led the state to understand “that her desired outcome of the case would ultimately almost be a non-prosecution.” Kempema went on to say, “She would like to come to a resolution on this matter that would address her primary concern, that the defendant receives help for any issues he may have.”

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