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Judge drops sex assault charge for Montana man, cites delays

March 6, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A sex assault charge against a Montana man has been dropped because a judge has ruled that the man did not get a speedy trial.

The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that a judge ordered the dismissal of the felony sexual assault charge that 46-year-old Chad Everett Meeks faced.

The judge ruled that prosecutors were responsible for scheduling problems that caused the violation of Meeks’ Sixth Amendment constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Meeks has been jailed for more than 500 days since he was charged in August 2017 with assaulting an elementary school student.

Prosecutors argued the Meeks’ failure to provide legal information and his filing of a motion to exclude evidence were to blame for the trial delay.

Meeks remains jailed on separate charges.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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