A failed Republican politician who unsuccessfully competed against his own mother in the US midterms been charged with second degree rape, according to newly released court documents.
South Dakota hopeful Bud May, 37, ran for one of two seats in the state’s District 27, but lost the race to his mother Liz and Democrat Peri Pourier, who were both elected to the House of Representatives to represent the district.
Now, days later it has emerged that he has been charged with one count of second-degree rape after being accused of forcing himself on someone in a bathroom stall at a bar.
According to a police report, which has been released by authorities, he denied the charge and claimed: “It was simply a hug.”
He appeared in court on Monday where his bond was set at $7,500. A preliminary hearing is set for November 30 at 11.30am.
He is the second candidate in the state this month to be arrested on felony charges.
On November 3, Joel Koskan, who lost his race for South Dakota Senate in District 26, was charged with felony child abuse.
Second degree rape is punishable by up to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.