A South Dakota rancher and new political candidate is behind bars after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a bar’s bathroom last weekend.
Republican Bud Marty May, 37, who fell short in his run for a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives this month, has been jailed for rape, NBC News reported.
According to court records, May accused using “force, coercion, or threats of direct and serious bodily harm” against the alleged victim, the Kansas City Star reported.
On November 13, authorities said their officers responded to a Pennington County pub, after which they discovered the victim was crouched behind the home’s bar. The woman, who had blood and a visible abrasion on her face, accused May of raping her multiple times, a judge said at Tuesday’s hearing, according to Argus Leader.
She accused May of forcing herself on her in a toilet stall at the bar. That victim also revealed to investigators that the blood found on her belonged to the 37-year-old former Republican hopeful, who she claimed was previously involved in a physical altercation Suspicion of rape, according to the Argus Leader.
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According to the victim, May reportedly told her, “I’m 6 feet 8 inches tall, know it’s all consensual,” South Dakota television station KOTA-TV said reportedciting the case’s complaint.
May allegedly fled the scene and was later arrested by authorities. During his arrest, he insisted “it was just a hug,” according to court records.
May was booked into the Pennington County Jail on Sunday. In the prison booking photo, which shows the South Dakota rancher grinning menacingly, a trail of blood is visible smeared beneath his apparently injured right eye.
No further information was immediately released by the authorities.
Prior to the alleged incident, May had started a campaign running for one of two House seats in South Dakota’s District 27 in Midterms 2022, per KOTA-TV.
He eventually lost to two candidates, including his mother, Elizabeth May, who received 26.7 percent of the vote. Bud May, who placed fourth – and last – received 22.1 percent of the vote.
May appeared in court via video conference on November 14. The 37-year-old’s bail was subsequently set at $7,500. His next court date is scheduled for November 30 at 11:30 am, the Argus Leader reported. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Oxygen. com May’s attorney Matt Kinney has reached out for comment.
At a court hearing earlier this week, Kinney told the court May was a rancher and claimed his client had no previous crimes. Prosecutors initially asked for $10,000 bail.
However, May also has two existing warrants with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety relating to two incidents that occurred in September and October respectively, according to the Argus leader. Fee information for each case was not immediately available.
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