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Bar owner accused of rape, serving minors

Nov. 30, 2011 at 12:04 AM   |   Comments

HURON, S.D., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A South Dakota bar owner arrested last week on charges of rape and serving alcohol to minors faces five new counts of supplying alcohol to underage drinkers.

Werner Fajardo, 34, who owns the El Cuervo Bar in Huron, was arrested Saturday on the latest charges, KELO-TV, Sioux Falls, reported.

Huron Police said they found 11 minors inside the bar and five had consumed alcohol.

Fajardo had already faced charges from last week, including three counts of rape.

KELO said bond has been set at $150,000. He had paid $10,000 bond after his arrest last week.

"I was surprised to find that out that so soon after being arrested for a very serious offense that he's in that kind of conduct," Beadle County State's Attorney Michael Moore said.

Fajardo's next court appearance is set for Dec. 14.

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