RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City woman accused of raping a 14-year-old boy and videotaping the alleged acts faces a lengthy incarceration after pleading guilty by reason of mental illness.
April Solles, 29, was suffering from depression at the time of the incidents in mid-2011, according to a psychiatrist for the state and defense attorney Paul Winter. The depression influenced her actions, Winter said.
The case started unfolding late in 2011 when Solles' 1-year-old girl died of a head injury. A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder in juvenile court but authorities have not said if he is the same boy in the rape case.
Solles, who was arrested in January 2012, pleaded guilty but mentally ill on Monday to charges of fourth-degree rape of a minor and sexual contact with a minor. She faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 23, though Pennington County Deputy State's Attorney Tracy Decker said Solles' plea "opens up other resources for her" such as time in a mental health institution.
The prosecutor said she will not decide what kind of sentence she will seek until Solles undergoes a psycho-sexual evaluation, which is required before sentencing. Solles already has had two mental health evaluations, one of which cleared the way for her to make her guilty pleas, according to Decker.