Child Rapist Avoids Prison

Child Rapist Avoids Prison Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A man has been sentenced to a year in jail for repeatedly raping a girl in Stearns County.

Dale David Smith pleaded guilty in June to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct in and agreed to a sentence of no more than 12 years in prison.

On Thursday, Judge Mary Mahler sentenced the 67-year-old from St. Stephen to 12 years in prison meaning he won't have to serve that time, unless he violates his 30-years-probation.

The girl, now 14, told authorities Smith sexually assaulted her in her bedroom at her residence in Brockway Township.

Smith entered the girl’s room multiple times while she was falling asleep and assaulted her between the fall of 2014 and the winter of 2015.

The girl’s mother told police about an incident in which she saw Smith try to grab the girl’s breast and another where she found him sleeping with the girl in the girl's bed with his butt cheek exposed.

The mother had been dating Smith at the time of the assaults.

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