Prosecutors drop sexual assault case against Juan McCoy

9:04 AM, May 5, 2010   |    comments
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KSDK -- St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the sexual assault case against a suspended Washington Park police officer because additional evidence was discovered.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce told NewsChannel 5 the evidentiary issues in the case of 37-year-old Juan McCoy, of Swansea, surfaced in court this week and led to the decision to dismiss the case without prejudice. That means, the case could be refiled at a later date if a successful prosecution could be developed.

Officials would not comment about the new evidence, other than to say prosecution of McCoy would no longer proceed.

McCoy was facing two counts of statutory sodomy for incidents the victim claimed took place between June and August 2007 when McCoy was living in south St. Louis.

A hung jury occurred this past February when McCoy first stood trial in St Louis Circuit Court. In that trial, the now 17-year-old victim testified McCoy paid him to have sex. Officials said McCoy was a friend of the alleged victim's family.

Efforts by NewsChannel 5 to determine the status of Officer McCoy's position with the Washington Park Police Department were unsuccessful. He was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

KSDK

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