Not guilty plea to sexual contact with child

Brookings County Sheriff's Office photo

BROOKINGS – A Brookings man has pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging sexual contact with a child under 16.

Shawn Carter, 35, entered the not guilty plea Thursday, and a jury trial has been scheduled for Jan. 26.

A Brookings County grand jury indicted Carter last Wednesday. The indictment alleges that between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, Carter knowingly engaged in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl.

Sexual contact with a child under 16 is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Brookings County State’s Attorney Dan Nelson said the sheriff’s office asked the court to release Carter on house arrest due to his health conditions.

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