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Raymond man charged with sexual assault of 13-year-old girl

Kyle Rhoda

WILLMAR — A Raymond man who set his own house on fire is also charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile.

Kyle Clarence Rhoda, 48, of Raymond, was charged last week with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The assault involved multiple acts committed over an extended period of time.

According to the charges, Rhoda had a significant relationship with the victim.

During his first court appearance Friday, Judge Jennifer Fischer set unconditional bail for Rhoda at $150,000 and conditional bail at $50,000.

He is currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police in a tearful interview at the Kandiyohi County Family Services child-friendly room that Rhoda allegedly 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.

While executing a search warrant on Rhoda's phone, police discovered numerous searches for pornography regarding sex acts "that matched the significant relationship he had with the victim."

Following his interview with the victim on April 18, a detective with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office had arranged to meet Rhoda on April 19.

About 15 minutes after their scheduled meeting time, Rhoda called the deputy and allegedly said he had just set his house on fire with gasoline and that in the process 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 the 14000 block of 45th Avenue Southwest in rural Raymond, was destroyed in the blaze and Rhoda was charged with one count of arson in the first degree.

Rhoda will make his next court appearance May 30 on the sexual assault charges.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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