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A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to raping one child and inappropriately touching another over a period of several years.

Trevor Lone Hill, of Box Elder, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree rape, which occurred in Pennington County sometime between July 2010 and November 2014. The child was 4 to 9 years old during that period and Lone Hill 20 to 24, according to court records.

Lone Hill pleaded guilty also to one count of sexual contact with a child younger than 16, admitting that he touched the child’s genitalia. The offense happened sometime between January 2014 and March 2017, when the child was 9 to 12 years old and Lone Hill 23 to 27.

It’s not clear if the children are male or female. The police reports in both cases, which have been filed in court, are sealed from public view because they involve underage victims.

Lone Hill was arrested in November after law enforcement agencies in Pennington and Meade counties investigated complaints that he engaged in sexual misconduct against minors.

Lone Hill had volunteered at youth organizations in Pennington County, including churches, schools and sports programs, the prosecutor, state Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel, previously said.

“The facts of the case and the assistance from victims allowed for the case to proceed in a timely manner,” said Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office.

Under Lone Hill's plea deal with the state, the prosecution would ask for no more than 25 years in prison on the rape case, defense attorney Travis Jones said at the Pennington County hearing Thursday. Under state law, first-degree rape carries a punishment of 15 years to life in prison; Lone Hill's sexual contact offense, 10 to 15 years.

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The deal includes the dismissal of Lone Hill’s five other charges in the rape case: two more counts of first-degree rape and three counts of child sexual contact.

Judge Craig Pfeifle, of the 7th Circuit Court, reminded Lone Hill the court wasn’t bound by the plea agreement and that he could pronounce any prison sentence up to the maximum.

Lone Hill is detained at the Pennington County Jail and will return to court for sentencing June 28.

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

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