- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A judge has denied a motion to dismiss sexual assault charges against a suspended northern New Jersey school guidance counselor.

Edward Meier’s attorney had said his charges should be dismissed because the grand jury never saw videos of his accuser’s interviews. The defense also sought a hearing to determine if his accuser’s comments to investigators were suggestive.

The Record newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1THC5BZ ) the judge in Bergen County granted the hearing request on Thursday.

Meier was indicted last year on accusations involving aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. The child was 5 years old at the time.

Meier worked for more than two decades at Cliffside Park High School.

His attorney says he’s happy with the ruling.

Meier is free on $250,000 bail. A status conference is scheduled for Feb. 22.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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