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Sexual Assault Lawsuit Agreement Comes with Caveat

Updated: 04/08/2014 2:07 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 2:06 PM WDIO.com

HERMANTOWN, Minn. (AP) - A court settlement requires a man convicted of sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a northern Minnesota senior home to pay $10 million if he commits another sexual crime or abuses a vulnerable adult in the next ten years.

Andrew Merzwski was sentenced in January to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting the 89-year-old woman at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown last year. The 30-year-old man was a nursing assistant at Edgewood and gave the woman some medication that impaired her mind.

The Star Tribune says the $10 million settles a civil lawsuit filed in the case. If Merzwski does not commit another similar crime, he will not be required to pay the damages.

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Information from: Star Tribune

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