Man given 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting toddler


SIOUX FALLS (AP) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in South Dakota for sexually assaulting a toddler.

Stephen Charles Schmidt, 78, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual contact with a child under 16. In an agreement with prosecutors, two other charges were dismissed.

Schmidt was indicted by a Minnehaha County grand jury last March and sentenced in Sioux Falls Wednesday.

Prosecutors said the 3-year-old girl told a family member she had been touched by Schmidt. She later changed her story and the case was dropped in 2018.

Charges were refiled after Schmidt called law enforcement to confess in February 2019, the Argus Leader reported.

He said he justified the touching by thinking they were "both getting enjoyment," according to a court affidavit.

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