Charges dismissed against former UAS student

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

Charges against Dominic Merrill were dismissed Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens granted the state's dismissal of all five counts against the 21-year-old former University of Alaska Southeast. He was accused of sexually assaulting a female roommate in a Jan. 23 incident at UAS campus housing.

Merrill and his defense attorney Michael O'Brien attended the hearing via conference phone. Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp represented the state.

"Initially, the case was investigated and after further investigation working closely with the district attorney's office and the Juneau Police Department, there was evidence that came to light that materially affected a central element in the case. I'll leave it at that ..."

Authorities and the prosecution have not said what the new information was.

Merrill's posted bail was exonerated and he is no longer under conditions of release.

During a February proceeding, the prosecution cited pictures of bruises on the victim and a phone conversation recorded by police in which Merrill apologized for hurting the victim.

At the same proceeding, O'Brien said the victim contacted him wanting to get the charges dismissed.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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