Family of alleged rape victim moved to escape 'bad memories' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family of alleged rape victim moved to escape 'bad memories'

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

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

    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.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Police have arrested a Cd'A 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 call 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 neighbor, later identified as Sever, approached the young girl, grabbed her by the arm and dragged her inside his house.>>

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - The family of the 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by a 61-year-old man Tuesday night says they moved to North Idaho from South Dakota two months ago to escape bad memories including the death of their 18-year-old daughter.

The Lufkins say they lost their 18-year-old daughter in a stabbing in South Dakota. The family says the 13-year-old, the alleged victim in Tuesday's rape, had also been the victim of a sexual assault two years ago there.

The 13-year-old and her 10-year-old sister were walking near their home in the Tamarack RV park around 7 p.m. Tuesday when they stopped to talk to one of their neighbors.

The 10-year-old left her sister and walked back to their home. Police say that's when the neighbor, identified as Ronald Sever, 61, grabbed the 13-year-old by the arm and dragged her inside his house.

Sever locked the door behind him where he overpowered the girl and forcibly raped her. Sever is said to have hit the girl in the face during the attack.

Her parents, one at work and the other just a block away during the alleged rape, are finding it hard to express their anger.

"I wanted to go down and beat the crap out of him, but then they told me the cops already had him in jail," said James Lufkins, the 13-year-old's father.

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 his home.

Meanwhile, the family is dealing with other problems. The manager of the RV park is evicting them and says the children are constantly causing problems including stealing from neighbors.

An RV park employee had told the manager that the girls had propositioned money for sex, but when detectives interviewed that employee, the employee admitted he was lying.

Sever made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon and is eligible for the Idaho 'Three Strikes' program if he is convicted for any of the three charges of kidnapping, rape or lewd conduct with a minor he is facing.

Prosecutors say Sever could face life in prison or even the death penalty if convicted of Tuesday's alleged rape.

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Monday, October 15 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-10-15 16:15:51 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>
  • Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Sunday, October 14 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-10-14 19:11:51 GMT
    Bob Legasa -  FacebookBob Legasa - Facebook

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>
  • Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Sunday, October 14 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-10-14 23:05:39 GMT
    Luke HollisterLuke Hollister

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/