Joel Koskan Wiki – Joel Koskan Bio
Joel Koskan, a third-time candidate for state Senate, allegedly harassed and abused the young woman for at least six years beginning in 2014, court documents obtained by Mitchell Republic revealed. according to wiki-bio,
A Republican running for the South Dakota state Senate was charged Thursday with felony child abuse for allegedly raping and manipulating a young family member for years, according to local reports.
Koskan, 44, could also face charges of rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, and aggravated incest-related child, according to a probable cause statement cited by the outlet.
The Senate hopeful began grooming the girl when she was 12 by having her sit on her lap, kissing her and giving her long hugs, according to court documents.
Joel Koskan Age
Joel Koskan is 44 years old.
Joel Koskan – Raping a Child Family Member
The child thought the behavior was “‘normal things’ that families were supposed to do,” an investigator wrote in the document.
He realized what Koskan was doing to him was abusive at a summer camp he attended at age 14 when counselors discussed inappropriate physical contact with adults, according to the publication.
Koskan allegedly installed a camera in his room after he returned from camp that he would use to constantly watch her from an app on his phone. He also required her to straddle him without underwear, court documents allege.
The victim said he regularly touched her inappropriately and eventually allegedly began forcing sex on her after her 17th birthday on multiple occasions at family homes across the state.
Koskan also controlled the girl with location tracking, she required late-night phone calls, authority over her social media accounts and jurisdiction over what she wore, the documents say.
Koskan used GPS tracking through her phone and vehicle and learned from her location that she had gone to the sheriff’s office to discuss the reported abuse, according to the documents.
“You promised you would never do this,” Koskan texted her on May 6. “I beg you, you don’t want to do this.”
Other text message exchanges between the victim and the Republican appeared to confirm her story, investigators said.
Koskan was arrested Thursday and has an initial hearing scheduled for November 7.
Since news of the alleged abuse broke, Koskan has deleted his Twitter account and made his campaign website private.
Since then, the South Dakota Democratic Party has asked him to immediately end his campaign, the Mitchell Republic reported.
“These allegations about Joel Koskan are deeply disturbing and you should immediately end his campaign,” party chairman Randy Seiler said in a statement. “While he will continue to appear on the ballot, the choice for District 26 voters could not be clearer. Partisan politics aside, Joel Koskan should not vote in the legislature on issues that affect the children of South Dakota, or any other issue.”
State Republicans also reported any suspected abuse.
“The charge against Joel Koskan is a very serious one, and the South Dakota Republican Party unequivocally opposes child abuse in all its forms,” said South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman. “The South Dakota Republican Party is confident that the justice system will prosecute the indictment.”
If he is found guilty, Koskan could be locked up behind bars for up to 10 years.