The Rapid City woman accused of having an illicit relationship with a 14-year-old boy allegedly tattooed and groomed other boys, according to the Pennington County State's Attorney's office.
April Solles, 28, pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual contact with a child under 16 and three counts of fourth-degree rape involving the same victim at her arraignment Monday morning.
If convicted, of the charges she is facing, Solles could face a maximum penalty of 75 years in prison and $150,000 in fines.
Deputy state's attorney Sarah Morrison opposed an attempt by Solles' attorney Paul Winter to seek a reduction in his client's $100,000 bond from 7th Circuit Judge Jeff Davis.
Morrison said the state has learned more about the "extremes" Solles went to groom other youths, including tattooing them. The tattooing of minors without their parents' consent is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
According to Morrison, the new allegations indicate that other children would be at risk if Solles is free on bond.
The Department of Social Services has custody of Solles' child, according to Winter.
Winter told Davis that his client is in discussions with DSS about the return of her child. She would live at home if her bond is reduced.
Davis, however, refused to reduce Solles bond, promising to reconsider her request once he is more familiar with the case.
Davis recently assumed oversight of the case after Circuit Judge Mary Thorstenson was recused from the case by the state's attorney's office.
Solles was arrested on Dec. 30 and initially charged with having sexual contact with a minor.
Her arrest came just two weeks after her 1-year-old daughter died in a Sioux Falls hospital on Dec. 18 from an acute blunt-force head injury.
A 14-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with the child's death in juvenile court.
Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or firstname.lastname@example.org