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A Box Elder man who authorities said had worked with local youth groups was granted Monday a $25,000 bond on a child sexual offense charge.

Trevor Lone Hill, 27, is facing a Pennington County charge of sexual contact with a child younger than 16. The offense, according to Lone Hill’s charging document, allegedly occurred between January 2014 and March 2017, when the victim was 9 to 12 years old.

It’s not clear if the victim was male or female. The offense carries a penalty of 10 to 15 years in prison.

Lone Hill had volunteered at youth organizations in the county, including churches, schools and sports programs, said state Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel, who is prosecuting the case.

At Lone Hill’s initial court appearance Monday, via video link from the county jail, Deputy State’s Attorney Emily Lessin asked for a $50,000 cash or surety bond, saying there was “potential for additional charges from other counties.”

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office earlier said it conducted the investigation, along with the Meade County Sheriff’s Office and Rapid City Police Department, on “alleged offenses involving multiple jurisdictions.” The case’s police report is sealed from public view because it involves an underage victim, according to court records.

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Magistrate Judge Mary Tellinghuisen set Lone Hill’s cash or surety bond at $25,000 after defense attorney Travis Jones argued for a $10,000 bond. Jones said Lone Hill had been living with a woman when he was arrested Friday, in a home that had no children, and that he could continue living there if released.

Tellinghuisen ordered Lone Hill not to have contact with the victim or any children. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 4.

Police are asking members of the public who may have related concerns about Lone Hill and a child to contact Pennington County Investigator Scott Sitzes at 394-6115. Anonymous tips may also be sent by texting “RCPD” and the information to 847411.

Contact Tiffany Tan at tiffany.tan@rapidcityjournal.com.

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