- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

AURORA, Neb. (AP) - A Hamilton County sexual assault case against an Aurora man has been dismissed.

Court records say 41-year-old Ross Carstensen had pleaded not guilty to the charge of forcible sexual assault. An 18-year-old woman told police that she’d met a man on Facebook and that he raped her last October when they met at a park. Carstensen’s attorney has said the sex was consensual.

Court records say the prosecution moved for dismissal, which was granted by a judge Wednesday. The request didn’t cite a reason for the request. A spokeswoman for the Nebraska attorney general’s office, which handled the case, didn’t immediately return a call Thursday.

Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, it can be refiled.

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