Eau Claire (WQOW) – A case that has gripped the entire Eau Claire community took a dramatic turn on Tuesday morning during the second day of the trial.
Michelle Mayer’s case has been dismissed because one of the victims was not able to testify. Our reporter in the courtroom said the victim said she needed a break and left.
Michelle Mayer was accused of allowing people to sexually assault two young children for years in exchange for money and drugs.
Previously, Michelle Mayer’s attorney made a motion to stop testimony from one man – Dr. Arne Graff.
Dr. Graff would offer testimony on topics like why child victims of sexual assault do not come forward and general public misconceptions.
Mayer’s attorney argued Graff’s testimony does not have a strong enough factual basis to be used during Mayer’s upcoming trial.
Prosecution argued Graff should be allowed based on his expertise and experience working with victims of child sexual assault.
Judge Michael Schumacher dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the state cannot re-file the charges later. He said Mayer would be found not guilty of all the charges against her.
She is released from all conditions of her bond.
Clint Berge from WQOW wrote this story.