A South Dakota law involving bar owners or their employees charged with a crime goes into effect Sunday, July 1.
Senator Tom Hansen out of Huron introduced the bill along with some other senators and representatives.
Here's an idea what this bill is all about. If a bar owner or their employee is charged with a felony involving a minor and it happened in the bar, they wouldn't be able to return to the bar they work in. They could return to work from the time they're arrested up until the case is heard in court. The bar could also lose their liquor license.
The new law stems from the arrest of Huron bar owner, 35-year-old Werner Fajardo, who was arrested and charged with 15 counts of rape. Fajardo owns the El Cuervo bar in Huron. He allegedly gave alcohol to three middle school girls at the bar. He's being accused of raping them. He pleaded not guilty to multiple rape charges last month. His trial keeps getting delayed but is expected to start August 15th.
We talked to Senator Hansen on the phone about this new law. He says it's just another resource for those involved.
"It provides more tools to law enforcement and the legal system to be able to deal with bad behavior," Senator Tom Hansen said.
Coming up tonight at 10:00. you'll hear from a bar manager and what he thinks about this new law.