Teenager charged with three counts of rape in Brookings County

June 8, 2021

BROOKINGS, S.D.–A teenage boy from Lake Benton, Minnesota is facing rape charges in Brookings County.

Eighteen-year-old Tristen Simonsen is charged with one count of first degree rape and two counts of second degree rape, involving three different victims.

Brookings County States Attorney Dan Nelson says it’s alleged that Simonsen would contact the female victims through social media and arrange meetings in Brookings County.

The charges involve a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old.

Simonsen was arrested Friday.

At a court hearing Monday, his bond was set at $25,000 cash only.