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Marshall County Men Arrested on Multiple Sexual Abuse Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, October 27, 2017    
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215       

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley and Marshall County States Attorney Dana Frohling announced today that five Marshall county men have been arrested on multiple sexual abuse charges.
Damon Daniel Koop, 21, Britton
•    one count of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years and/or $20,000 fine
•    one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years in the state penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine 
Luis Alberto Maaz, 26, Britton
•    one count of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine
•    one count of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years and/or $20,000 fine
Michael Joseph Mejilla, 19, Britton
•    two counts of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine

Dustin Michael Purcell, 28, Britton
•    one count of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine
•    one count of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years and/or $20,000 fine

Edgar Adoneas Ramos, 28, Britton
•    one count of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine

These individuals are presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.
 
This case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by the Marshall County States Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.

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