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COLUMBUS — A Schuyler man has been charged with first-degree sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a 19-year-old Columbus woman at Lake North.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled Jonathan Trevalan-Mejia, who required a Spanish interpreter in court, for arraignment Jan. 12 on the charge in district court.

The 23-year-old, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing, is being held in the county jail on a $250,000 bond, 10 percent allowed for release.

The sexual assault charge is a Class II felony, punishable by a maximum of 50 years imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of one year in prison.

According to court documents, a Platte County Sheriff’s Office investigation began about 2:15 a.m. Nov. 20 with the local woman reporting she was assaulted by a man she met when he contacted her through Facebook Messenger, according to Investigator Dane Jensen’s probable cause arrest statement.

Trevalan-Mejia and the woman began communicating and agreed to meet in person the evening of Nov. 19, with the defendant picking her up at a Columbus strip mall, according to the investigator. The Schuyler man and local woman then picked up two of the woman’s friends, the investigator stated.

Hours later, at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 20, the woman said she, Trevalan-Mejia and one of her friends parked at Lake North, Jensen wrote in his statement.

When her friend got out of the vehicle to get some air, the woman said she rebuffed the defendant’s sexual advances multiple times before he forcibly assaulted her, the investigator wrote in his statement.

The woman reported the assault didn’t stop until her friend opened the vehicle door and told Trevalan-Mejia to get off her friend, Jensen wrote.

The defendant was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Colfax County on unrelated warrants.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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