SIOUX FALLS - The former co-owner of adult entertainment stores in Tea and Sioux Falls is on trial for alleged sexual harassment.

Three women who worked for Annabelle's Adult Superstore in Sioux Falls and Olivia's Adult Super Store in Tea sued David Eliason and the stores in 2009. Two of the women claim Eliason raped them; the third says the harassment stopped short of assault.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports that the women are seeking unspecified monetary damages.

No criminal charges were filed against Eliason. He is representing himself in the civil case. He told jurors during opening statements Tuesday that the allegations against him are false.

The trial is expected to last through the week.

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