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Minn. man sentenced to prison time, lifelong supervised release for sexual assault

Kyle Rhoda

WILLMAR, Minn. — A Raymond man was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to nine years in prison and 100 years on supervised release for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old and setting his home on fire.

Kyle Clarence Rhoda, 48, of Raymond, pleaded guilty a month ago in Kandiyohi County District Court to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree arson.

He was sentenced to 110 months in prison for the criminal sexual conduct charge and 78 months on the arson charge. They are to be served concurrently. Under state guidelines, he will serve a minimum of two-thirds of that sentence before he is released on supervised release.

Rhoda received credit for nearly five months of time already served. Rhoda was allowed to begin serving his prison sentence in August when he pleaded guilty.

The supervised release for the criminal sexual conduct charge will last the rest of his life.

He also owes fines and fees of $1,285 on the criminal sexual conduct charge and $1,090 on the arson charge. The fines are to be paid consecutively.

Rhoda was charged in May with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Records indicate he had a significant relationship to the girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told police in a tearful interview that Rhoda touched her private areas on two occasions.

She told police that she was scared during the incidents, which allegedly happened between May 2016 and April 2017.

A search warrant on Rhoda's phone revealed numerous searches for pornography regarding sex acts "that matched the significant relationship he had with the victim."

A detective with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office had arranged to meet Rhoda on April 19, following the interview with the girl.

Rhoda called the deputy about 15 minutes after they were to have met and said he had just set his house on fire with gasoline, that he had accidentally burned his hands, face and eyes and was on his way to the hospital.

He told the deputy that he did not want to live anymore.

Rhoda's mobile home in rural Raymond was destroyed in the blaze.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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