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South Dakota Republican candidate from District 27 arrested on a rape charge

courtesy Pennington County Sheriff's Office
Bud May, 27, was booked into the Pennington County jail after 4:00 a.m. on Sunday.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Republican candidate who was running for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 27 is facing serious  charges.

Bud May, 27, was booked into the Pennington County jail after 4:00 a.m. on Sunday.

May is charged with second-degree rape, which involves the use of force, coercion, or threats of immediate and great bodily harm. It is a Class 1 felony, meaning May faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted. Court documents indicate he also faces charges in relation for failure to appear for having no proof of insurance and expired license plates.

May was one of four  candidates running for the House in District 27. The candidate received more than 2,000 votes, but did not win the race. It was was won by his mother, Republican Liz May and Democrat Peri Pourier.

Bud May was scheduled to make an initial court appearance today.

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