Investigations against SD House candidate accused of rape; Police Report Sealed – Mitchell Republic

BOX ELDER, SD – Authorities are keeping a low profile on the recent rape allegations against a failed candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives as the investigation continues.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, November 13, Bud May, 37, of Kyle, South Dakota, was booked into the Pennington County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rape. On Tuesday, May was formally charged with the Class 1 felony by Pennington County Assistant Attorney Roxanne Hammond.

However, the public details surrounding the case are limited.

According to a criminal complaint, the incident happened Saturday in Pennington County against a 39-year-old victim. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office identified the Box Elder Police Department as the arresting agency.

Although criminal charges have already been filed, Box Elder police told the Forum News Service that information about the time or location of the incident could not be released as the investigation is ongoing. The department directed all questions to Hammond, who did not immediately return the call.

Many of the details regarding the rape allegation are in a sealed 12-page police report that was logged in the courts. Under South Dakota law, records of an investigation are not public. As of Tuesday afternoon, no affidavit or statement of other probable cause has been logged into the state’s unified justice system.

After appearing in a Pennington County courtroom on Tuesday morning, May will return to court for a preliminary hearing on November 30. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

According to the Pennington County Jail List, he is being held without bond.

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Joel Koskan exits a courtroom in Mellette County on Monday, November 7, 2022 behind his attorney, Clint Sargent. He faces child molestation charges after a family member accused him of molesting her over a five-year period.

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The second candidate will be indicted on allegations of sexual misconduct

The charges against May made him the second Republican to seek a seat in South Dakota’s next legislature to face criminal prosecution on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Days before the Nov. 8 election, Joel Koskan, who was running for a seat in the state Senate at the time, was charged with subjecting a minor to foreseeable harm after a family member told authorities he had “raped her since.” she it was a little child.”

Although investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation said in court documents they believed Koskan committed rape and aggravated incest, Assistant Attorney General Mandy Mueller chose to press only one child molestation charge against him.

When he first appeared on November 7, less than 24 hours before polls opened, the judge was presented with a settlement demanding that jail time not be imposed if Koskan pleads guilty to the sentence. Judge Margo Northrup said she needed time to decide whether or not to accept the lawsuit.

Koskan will return to a Mellette County courtroom on December 12. If the agreement is denied, he faces up to 10 years in prison plus fines of up to $20,000. He’s on a $100,000 bond.

Following Koskan’s indictment, South Dakota GOP chairman Dan Lederman told the Forum News Service that the party “unequivocally opposes child abuse in all forms.” He did not respond to a question about May’s candidacy as a Republican.

Koskan lost his race for the Senate seat to Democrat Shawn Bordeaux, while May finished last in the four-way race for two House seats, defeated by Democratic incumbent Peri Pourier and his mother, Republican incumbent Liz May.

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