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Merrick going to trial

By scarney
Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 5:56 pm in Crime, Lafayette, Schools.

Michael Merrick, or Mr. Merrick as many in the community knew him for years, will face trial on 25 felony sex crime charges.

Judge Nancy Davis Stark determined in court today that the evidence against Merrick was enough to proceed to trial, citing DNA evidence, phone and text records, police reports and interview transcripts.

Merrick, who was a popular teacher at Stanley Middle School until his arrest, is facing charges related to his alleged sexual relationship with a student he was hired to tutor privately in his classroom.

The prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Johanna Schonfield, also made mention in court Friday that there may be previous victims of Merrick; however, no additional charges relating to another situation have been filed.

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