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South Dakota man gets 45 years for molesting child

GREGORY, S.D. -- A Gregory man was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison for molesting a child over the course of five years.

Dennis Ray Hunt, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in October.

The abuse began in 2007. At that time, Hunt lived with the victim’s mother, according to court documents. The last time the abuse occurred was in 2012.

In exchange for Hunt’s guilty plea, the state dismissed a charge of sexual contact with a child younger than 16. The state agreed to cap its request for a prison sentence at 45 years.

Judge Kathleen Trandahl ordered Hunt to pay restitution of $7,034.57 and court costs of $184. He received credit for 268 days he has already served in jail.

He was immediately remanded to authorities to serve his prison term.

State and local authorities announced the sentence Thursday but did not specify the nature of the crime.

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