- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of raping two pre-teen children last fall has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zachary Swisher faces seven counts of first-degree rape and an eighth count of sexual contact with a child younger than 16. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel on Thursday denied a defense request to reduce Swisher’s bond from $200,000 to $25,000. Prosecutors had objected because they believe Swisher is a risk to flee.

Swisher was arrested in January in Alaska, where he also has a home, and extradited to South Dakota.

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