Man charged with child rape after repeated alleged violations of sex offender reporting laws

June 2 – WINNER, SD – A man has been charged in Tripp County for the alleged rape of a minor after repeated accusations of not updating his address as a registered sex offender on Dakota sites. South.

The April 18 charges against Myron Songer Jr., 36, include one count of second degree rape, statutory rape and sexual contact with a minor.

Court documents allege that on April 3, Songer “sexually penetrated[d] a person through the use of force, coercion, or threat of immediate and grievous bodily harm,” language that aligns with that of South Dakota codified law. The alleged victim was under the age of 16, according to court documents.

Songer has pleaded not guilty to the aforementioned charges, with a status hearing to be held on June 15.

Second degree rape is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Statutory rape and sexual contact with a minor are both considered Class 3 crimes that each carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a charge of $30,000.

Court records point to a pattern of rapid relocation by Songer, who currently has four active charges against him in four South Dakota counties – each for failing to register a change of address – all of which have been filed since the start of 2022 .

South Dakota law requires sex offenders to register with the state’s Sex Offender Database within three days of moving to work or live in a county at risk of of a felony charge. Notably, the Tripp County charge took place on April 3, the same date and in the same county as the alleged rape. In addition to the Tripp County charge, charges for failing to register a change of address have been filed in Minnehaha, Brown, and Codington counties.

Court documents indicate that Songer has a history of violence, with multiple charges against him citing physical and emotional abuse. In 2006, he was convicted of third-degree rape of a minor in Gregory County, for which he served nine years in the state penitentiary. Songer was also the subject of two protective orders in 2014 and 2022.

The 2014 order of protection was requested by the victim of the 2006 crime for which he was imprisoned, who cited fear of reprisal, according to court records. Court records also show that the 2022 protective order was obtained by a partner, who cited physical injuries that Songer inflicted on him.

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