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Coeur d'Alene man alleged to have raped 13-year-old

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Police have arrested a Coeur d'Alene man on rape charges after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl Tuesday night. Ronald Sever, 61, was arrested after the girl was able to escape from his house and get a neighbor to call police.

According to police, the girl was walking around her neighborhood with her sister when they stopped to talk to one of their neighbors around 7 p.m.

The girl's sister then left to walk back to their house.

The neighbor, later identified Sever, approached the young girl aggressively, grabbed her by the arm and forcibly dragged her inside his house.

Sever locked the door behind him and overpowered the girl and forcibly raped her.

During the attack, Sever hit the girl in the face.

After a few minutes, the girl was able to break free and get out of the house. She went to a nearby neighbor's house who called police. The girl was able to provide details of what happened to her and identify the suspect.

Officers arrested Sever at his home near the 3600 block of Government Way and recovered evidence of the crime inside the home.

The girl's family says they moved to North Idaho two months ago from South Dakota. They say they needed to leave because of 'too many bad memories' and that their 18-year-old daughter had been stabbed and killed there.

The family says the their 13-year-old daughter, the victim in Tuesday's alleged rape, was also raped in 2007 in South Dakota.

Sever was arrested for Rape and Lewd Conduct with a Minor. He is currently incarcerated at the Kootenai County Public Safety Building and will make his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Coeur d'Alene Police, Sever has a criminal background but no history of sexual offenses. Sever was arrested in the 70s in Kootenai County and served time in prison.

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