Trial pushed back in criminal sex case

The Anoka County District Court trial date of an Anoka resident charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, two in the first degree and other in the third degree, has been pushed back.

Erick Antwan Casey, 28, had been scheduled for trial May 13, but following a court hearing earlier this month, the trial will now begin July 15.

Casey was arraigned in court on the charges Feb. 1 when bail was set at $125,000 without conditions or $75,000 with conditions. A no contact order has been issued.

He has been accused of sexual assaulting a daughter, now age 13, of his girlfriend, first in Wisconsin starting in September 2011 and since they moved to Anoka, most recently Jan. 29 this year.

Defense attorney Bryan Leary has filed a motion with the court seeking dismissal of the charges because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, or failing that, suppression of evidence for alleged illegal search and seizure and from statements allegedly made by Casey to investigators in an interview of which Leary was not informed, thus violating Casey’s constitutional rights.

Anoka County District Court Judge Jenny Walker Jasper said she would address those issues at trial, court documents state.

According to the complaint, siblings of the girl contacted Anoka Police Jan. 30 after reading a letter the girl had written the day before about inappropriate behavior by Casey.

In an interview with investigators, the girl alleged that Casey had sexual intercourse with her almost every-other-day except when he was incarcerated while they were living in Wisconsin.

And when he got out of jail in Wisconsin and he was picked up by her mother and driven to Anoka where they were now living, the girl alleged the sexual contact continued.

The complaint alleges that the girl’s siblings made statements that they had seen their sister and Casey in bed together and on one occasion when they heard moaning coming from a downstairs room, they found Casey with their sister.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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