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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.

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