Second Jury Convicts Rapid City Man Of Assaulting 3 Girls

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls in Pennington County has been convicted after his first trial ended when the jury could not unanimously agree on his guilt or innocence.

Teddy Guzman, 38, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree rape and one count of having sexual contact with a minor. Prosecutors said the assaults happened between January 2015 and December 2017. The oldest girl was 12 when she was raped, another was between nine and 10, and the youngest girl was five or six.

“What these girls have been through in the pursuit of the truth has been hell, and I am so proud of them and so grateful to the jury for seeing that what happened to them was a horror and for putting an end to Teddy Guzman’s reign of terror,” prosecutor Lara Roetzel said outside the courtroom following the verdict Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses testified at the trial that the girls have struggled since they were assaulted. The parents of the oldest child said their daughter used to be happy all the time and is not now, and that she lacks the ambition she once had, the Rapid City Journal reported.

One of the girls testified she stopped caring about things and stopped being good and nice to people.

Roetzel said the youngest victim no longer trusts men.

Guzman faces at least 15 years in prison and up to life without parole on each of the rape counts when he is sentenced on June 8.