A 19-year-old rollerblader charged with sexual assaults on a woman and two teenage girls in Huntington Beach was found Tuesday to be mentally competent to stand trial.
With the decision by a Westminster jury, the case against Michael Anthony Meer — which was suspended last year when his attorney declared her client may be unfit to stand trial — can continue. Meer will be back in court Oct. 18 for a pretrial hearing.
Meer is charged with sexual penetration with a foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem, all felonies, along with a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting great bodily injury. He is also charged with a count of child annoyance and two counts of molestation, all misdemeanors.
Meer skated up to a 39-year-old woman between 6 and 7 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018, as she walked to a gym and groped her, Deputy District Attorney Lexie Elliott claimed in court papers. He then allegedly skated back to her and sexually assaulted her.
Nine days later, he allegedly carried out separate attacks on two teenagers on a high school campus in Huntington Beach, Elliott said. The attacks occurred between 5 and 6 p.m. that day.
He allegedly groped one of the girls, and groped and then stabbed the other girl in the buttocks, perforating her colon, the prosecutor said.
Before the mental competency trial, Meer told a doctor who was evaluating him that prosecutors had “lots” of evidence against him and he wanted to avoid trial, Elliott said.
“That is the reason I don’t want to go to trial because I am going to lose,” Meer told the doctor, according to Elliott. “They have video footage of me, they have physical evidence and a witness and I am doomed if I go to trial. That is the reason why my attorney wanted to do this incompetent hearing thing so I could avoid going to trial and getting our butts whooped.”
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