Republican and child rapist Joel Koskan spent last summer and fall working out a deal with the Republican Attorney General’s office to keep from suffering any real punishment for his and chronic abuse of his adopted American Indian daughter (and yes, I’m going to continue specifying that victim, because it’s important to understand how heinous, on multiple levels, Koskan’s depravity is). Yesterday, Sixth Circuit Court Judge Margo Northrup rejected that deal:
Deputy Attorney General Brent Kempema indicated during Monday’s hearing that the state may pursue more charges against Koskan, in light of the judge’s decision to reject the plea agreement. As part of the original plea agreement, Koskan would have avoided any prison time, and would not have been required to register as a sex offender.
Also as part of the plea agreement, Koskan was required to complete a psychosexual evaluation. A notice confirming the completion of that evaluation was posted on March 8th.
Since his last hearing in November, Koskan’s bond conditions have been updated to require he not contact or live with anyone under the age of 18. Koskan was previously allowed to live with his biological children over the duration of the court proceedings [Austin Goss, “Judge Rejects Child Abuse Plea Agreement for Former SD State Senate Candidate,” KSFY, 2023.03.13].
Based on the complaint filed last fall, Koskan’s wife Sally knew about and countenanced the rape happening in her household. The state has not filed charges against Mrs. Koskan or, to our knowledge, prevented her from contacting or living with children.
Goss reports that former Senate candidate Koskan will return to the Mellette County Courthouse for a status hearing May 15, then perhaps trial come August or September.