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COLUMBUS — A 23-year-old Schuyler man who met a 19-year-old Columbus woman on social media and set up a meeting with her at a local strip mall is accused of later sexually assaulting her at Lake North.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set bond for Jonathan Trevalan-Mejia at $250,000, 10 percent allowed for release, on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault in connection with the alleged incident around 1:15 a.m. Nov. 20 in a parked vehicle along the south side of Lake North.

The defendant, who appeared via videoconference from the county jail, has not been formally charged by the county attorney’s office.

Skorupa scheduled Trevalan-Mejia for a Dec. 11 felony first appearance hearing in county court.

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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