South Dakota is soft on crime…at least when crime is committed by Republicans. Former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg drove distracted, killed a man, and lied about it, and his law school classmate prosecutor let him off with a couple of misdemeanors and no time in jail.
Now Republican social media loudmouth and District 26 candidate for Senate Joel Koskan adopts and Indian child and rapes continually her for years, and his lawyer quickly works out a deal with the state to keep his other kids and not register as a sex offender:
After a discussion with both attorneys, Judge [Margo] Northrup indicated that she would like to consider the potential agreement over the course of the next month. For now, Koskan is required to avoid drugs and alcohol, and not contact anyone under the age of 18, specifically the victim. However, Koskan can maintain contact with the rest of his children, who live with him. The charge would not require him to register as a sex offender.
After deeming that Koskan was not a flight risk, Northrup required a $100,000 bond of Koskan. The judge will decide on whether or not to accept the agreement reached by the defense and prosecution at Koskan’s next court appearance on December 12th [Austin Goss, “SD Senate Candidate Makes First Court Appearance in Child Abuse Case,” KSFY, 2022.11.07].
Good grief: Joel Koskan committed one of the worst sex offenses possible, the rape of his own child. If he’ll do it to his own child, he’ll do it to yours. Joel Koskan is a sex offender and should be publicly listed as such.
As in the Ravnsborg case, we have to turn to Senate boss Lee Schoenbeck for some semblance of political justice. Responding to Democratic candidate for District 15 House Kadyn Wittman’s concern that the SDGOP has not publicly called for Koskan to withdraw his candidacy, Schoenbeck says that District 26 voters should vote for Koskan’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Shawn Bordeaux, and that even if District 26 elects Koskan, Schoenbeck’s caucus will not seat a convicted sex offender in the Senate:
Schoenbeck made his comment before Goss reported that the Koskan plea deal may allow him to avoid registering as a sex offender. May we assume, Lee, that your refusal to seat a victorious Koskan will not be defused by a legal/semantic debate about whether Koskan is a “convicted sex offender”?
Schoenbeck also says the Senate Republican Campaign Committee stopped payment on its $10,000 check to Koskan’s campaign the moment they learned of Koskan’s sex crimes. So two cheers for Senator Schoenbeck, who does not share the Republican establishment’s apparent willingness to let Republican criminals off easy.
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Likely not presented in yesterday’s hearing were Koskan’s now-deleted but thankfully Wayback-Machined tweets, which as one of Koskan’s District 26 voters notes, have “aged like milk”. While child rapist and incestophile Joel Koskan may not have to register as a sex offender, we should at least do our part to ensure that voters remember the complete hypocrisy of his public posturing during his now-dead political life: