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Hearing dates continued into June for two men accused of sexually assaulting a student in a UNK dorm

Hearing dates continued into June for two men accused of sexually assaulting a student in a UNK dorm

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KEARNEY — Hearing dates have been continued for two men accused of sexually assaulting a student in a residence hall on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

Prestin Melroy, 19, of Kearney and Zachary Reikofski, 19, of Fairbury were scheduled to appear Tuesday in Buffalo County District Court for a final plea/arraignment hearing. Both men are charged with felony first-degree sexual assault of a female student on Nov. 4.

Court records detailing the incident are sealed.

Melroy’s attorney, Brian Davis of Cozad, and Reikofski’s attorney, Charlie Brewster of Kearney, each filed motions to continue the hearings saying they both needed more time to prepare their cases. The hearings have been postponed until June 13.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

At the time of the alleged incident UNK sent a campuswide email saying the college had received a report of a sexual assault that had happened in a residence hall. UNK spokesperson Todd Gottula has declined to say which residence hall.

A second campuswide email was later sent saying two subjects had been arrested, and that the subjects in the incident and the victim were acquaintances.

Melroy also faces a charge in Buffalo County Court of misdemeanor third-degree sexual assault of another woman also on Nov. 4. The alleged incident happened hours after he allegedly sexually assaulting a different woman on campus earlier in the day.

A trial for the misdemeanor charge is tentatively scheduled for July 2. He has denied the allegation.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s office has been appointed to prosecute Melroy in the felony case because of a conflict of interest with the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office. In his motion for a special prosecutor Eatherton said his office needed to be excluded because the victim in the felony case is related to a member of the Buffalo County court system.

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