SD House candidate arrested on suspicion of rape days after losing election

Bud May was booked into the Pennington County Jail shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, on one count of second-degree rape.

Days after losing his race for the South Dakota House of Representatives, Bud May, 37, of Kyle, was arrested on one count of second-degree rape.
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RAPID CITY — A failed candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives spent part of the weekend in jail after he was arrested on suspicion of rape.

Bud May, 37, of Kyle, South Dakota, was booked into the Pennington County Jail on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, on one count of second-degree rape, a Class 1 felony defined by law as rape through the use of force, coercion or threats.

While the charges against May have yet to be formally filed with the clerk of courts in any county, the Pennington County Jail website indicates that May will appear in court Monday, Nov. 14.

A woman told investigators that, from age 14 through 19, Koskan was constantly monitoring her via surveillance cameras and GPS and would "require" the girl to engage in sexual activity with him.

May will also be required to answer to a bench warrant regarding a September traffic stop, in which he was cited for non-renewal of vehicle registration and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Court records indicate that May failed to appear for a Sept. 19 court hearing in that case.

The new charges come just days after May suffered a loss in his race to represent District 27 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Running as a Republican candidate, May garnered 22% of the 10,599 votes cast. His mother, incumbent Rep. Liz May, R-Kyle, won re-election 27% of the vote in the four-way race, while Democratic incumbent Peri Pourier also won re-election with 29% of the vote.


If convicted of the rape charge, May could be sentenced to serve up to 50 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and pay fines of up to $50,000.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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