Dodge Center man appears in court on sexual assault charges

(ABC 6 News) – A Dodge Center man will appear in Fillmore County Court Monday, Oct. 31, on one charge of 5th-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Rhylan Daniel Peterson, 21, is accused of non-consensual sexual contact with a woman in August of 2022.

According to court documents, Peterson joined a group of people on a party bus to Winona on Aug. 14, 2022, and several members of the group, including Peterson, were dropped off at a Rushford residence that night.

Court documents indicate that multiple members of the group drank heavily that night, including the victim.

According to court documents, the female victim allegedly woke up in the night to find Peterson had partially undressed her and was sexually touching her and himself.

The victim told police she was able to get up after a few minutes and call her friends from the bathroom.

The victim and other people in the home told police Peterson later sent texts to the group, allegedly apologizing for assaulting the young woman.

According to court documents, Peterson admitted to touching the woman “inappropriately” and admitted to texting the group to “speak about … his remorse for his actions.”

Peterson’s next court date has not been scheduled.