Granite Falls man going to jail for 2018 rape charge, will register as predator

A Granite Falls man convicted of rape will register as a sexual predator and serve 15 years on probation after less than a month in jail. He was accused of raping one teenager and kidnapping and assaulting another in 2018.

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WILLMAR — A man has been sentenced to serve jail time and register as a sexual predator for raping a teenage girl and kidnapping another in 2018.

Jesse James Rhoades, 22, of Granite Falls, was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court to serve 30 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, with credit for eight days served, for a conviction on third-degree criminal sexual conduct-victim 13-15. He was ordered to serve 15 years of supervised probation and is now required to register as a sexual predator.

He is not allowed to have contact with female minors unless approved by probation and must undergo a psychosexual evaluation.

Rhoades had pleaded guilty in an Alford plea in October. In that type of plea, defendants do not admit guilt but admit that evidence against them could lead to a conviction. Alford pleas are treated like any other guilty plea at sentencing.

In a plea agreement involving two criminal cases, felony charges of second-degree assault-fear, kidnapping to commit great bodily harm or terrorize, false imprisonment-intentional restraint, third-degree criminal sexual conduct-force or coercion and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct-victim 13-15 were dismissed.


In a third case, one gross misdemeanor theft charge was dismissed, and he was sentenced on a second gross misdemeanor to 365 days in jail but will be required to serve just 13 days for now. The remainder of the jail time was stayed for two years probation.

The theft charges stemmed from an accusation that Rhoades had stolen money from his employer by ringing up winning lottery tickets and keeping the cash in February.

Rhoades was ordered to pay $590 in fines and court fees on the felony conviction and $140 fines and fees plus $990 restitution in the theft conviction.

According to court documents, Rhoades was accused of threatening a 16-year-old girl with a knife, handcuffing and kidnapping her, and choking her until she blacked out. The assault occurred in early October 2018.

Another young woman reported that he had raped her in summer 2018. He picked up an acquaintance as she was walking and took her to his apartment instead of taking her home. The girl told authorities that Rhoades sexually assaulted her, though she told him she didn’t want what was happening. When she cried, he hit her in the face several times.

In both instances, Rhoades denied his involvement when interviewed by law enforcement. However, when his car was searched after the kidnapping, authorities found two sets of handcuffs and keys in his vehicle, along with a number of knives.

The boyfriend of the girl who was raped recalled her telling him about an incident with Rhoades, who is his relative.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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