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Rape victim sues sheriff, alleges deputies failed to protect

August 29, 2019

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman who was kidnapped and raped is suing local law enforcement officials who she says failed to protect her from a known threat.

The civil lawsuit names Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley and others in his department as well as the man convicted of attacking the woman, Harry Evans.

The Argus Leader reports the lawsuit says the woman twice called the sheriff’s department in September 2017 after receiving a threat from Evans, but was place on hold both times. It says the woman eventually talked to a deputy, but he ended his shift without taking any action. She was attacked several hours later.

She says the department knew Evans had previously violated a restraining order. The woman is seeking $2 million. Mechaley did not immediately return a call for comment.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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