KEARNEY — A Kearney man is accused of having sexual contact with a woman on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus hours after allegedly sexually assaulting a different woman on campus earlier in the day.
Prestin Melroy, 19, of Kearney also was charged Friday in Buffalo County Court with misdemeanor third-degree sexual assault on Nov. 4. The charge alleges sexual contact.
He was arrested Friday on a Buffalo County warrant, and posted a $500 bond.
Melroy and Zachary Reikofski, 18, of Fairbury are each charged with felony first-degree sexual assault of a female student on Nov. 4 in a UNK residence hall. Reikofski isn’t charged in the misdemeanor sexual assault case.
Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton believes the misdemeanor incident happened in the afternoon or evening of Nov. 4, while the felony sexual assault is believed to have happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 4.
Court records detailing both incidents are sealed because there is confidential information.
Melroy has denied the felony sexual assault allegation, and is scheduled to appear in court on both charges in December. He remains free on bond.
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. Appointing a special prosecutor, Eatherton said, would avoid any appearance of impropriety.
Melroy and Reikofski were both UNK students at the time of the alleged incidents. UNK spokesperson Todd Gottula said both men remain students.
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