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A Newell city commissioner was given a 45-day suspended jail sentence Friday after pleading no contest to a stalking charge.

Allen Youngberg, 68, made the plea as part of an agreement with prosecutors, which includes the dismissal of his sexual contact charge. Youngberg agreed also to resign as city commissioner for public safety, authorities said.

As of Monday morning, Newell Mayor Mike Koelker said his office had not yet received Youngberg’s resignation. The city council will appoint a replacement until someone is elected to fill the vacant seat as prescribed by law, Koelker said.

Youngberg declined to comment Monday.

Youngberg was indicted in Belle Fourche in November for stalking and sexual contact without consent against a 37-year-old female home aide. Each misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in county jail and/or a $2,000 fine. 

Youngberg, who was arrested three days after the indictment, pleaded not guilty.

The charges stemmed from the victim's complaint that Youngberg harassed her and touched her inappropriately in June, while she was cleaning the Newell apartment of a 94-year-old man. Youngberg apparently lived in the same building and knew the woman’s client, court documents show.

Authorities also believe Youngberg stole a copy of the woman’s complaint that she had dropped off at Koelker’s office in June, according to court documents.

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Besides sentencing Youngberg to a suspended jail sentence, Magistrate Judge Chad Callahan ordered him also to pay a fine of $500 and not have any contact with the victim.

In September, a judge in Pennington County granted the woman’s request for a protection order against Youngberg. The court found that a stalking offense had occurred, and issued a five-year protection order — the longest that can be given.

The victim’s handwritten complaint, dated June 19, states Youngberg had been acting inappropriately toward her for more than half a year. Among her complaints, the woman wrote, Youngberg "made derogatory comments to me that were sexual in nature” and “groped me after pinning me with his body up against the machines in the laundry room.”

On March 30, the Butte County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a civil case against Youngberg, seeking his removal from office. It alleged misconduct and malfeasance related to the home aid’s complaint and the paperwork he was suspected of stealing from the mayor’s office.

The lawsuit will become moot once Youngberg steps down from the council.

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

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