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Fajardo guilty of rape at Huron bar

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A Beadle County jury has convicted a Huron bar owner for the rape of three girls.

The jury returned with the verdict just before 6:00 Friday evening.

They convicted Werner Fajardo on six counts of rape, as well as one count of sexual contact and one alcohol charge.  The judge dismissed a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, saying there wasn't enough evidence.

Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Fajardo assaulted a 12-year-old girl and two 14-year-old girls at his El Cuervo bar in Huron. He pleaded not guilty.

Fajardo's lawyer says there are inconsistencies between the girls' testimony and what they told police.

No sentencing date was set.

Fajardo will remain in the Beadle County Jail.

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