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Kenosha prosecutors drop sexual assault charge against Jacob Blake

In Kenosha County Circuit Court on Friday, prosecutors and Mr Blake’s attorney resolved charges he incurred after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in May.

Prosecutors have dropped one count of third-degree sexual assault squarely and agreed to drop one count of criminal trespass if Mr Blake pleads guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, court records and attorney show by Mr. Blake, Patrick Cafferty.

Mr Blake, who appeared in court virtually via Zoom, pleaded guilty to both disorderly conduct charges and was sentenced to two years probation, Mr Cafferty said.

“I think it was a fair resolution to these accusations,” Cafferty said in an interview.

Mr Blake had argued that he did not commit a sexual assault and, by dropping the charge, Mr Cafferty said, prosecutors acknowledged that “in the end, the state could not prove in court ”.

Walworth County District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld, who had pursued the case, did not immediately respond to emails and phone calls on Friday evening.

Mr Cafferty said the resolution of the case would not affect the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Mr Blake’s shooting. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr Blake was gunned down on August 23 after officers responded to a domestic complaint from a woman who called 911 to report he was at her home, state officials said. An arrest warrant for Mr Blake was issued in July after she accused him of sexually assaulting her in May.

Police tasered on Mr. Blake, but it failed to stop them, and Constable Rusten Sheskey fired his gun seven times in Mr. Blake’s back, as Mr. Blake attempted to get into a car, state authorities said.

Mr. Blake was left paralyzed from waist to toe, his family said.

Authorities said Mr Blake admitted to having a knife, which was later found on the floor of the driver’s side of his car.

Ben Crump, an attorney for Mr Blake’s family, denied Mr Blake carried a knife and said Mr Blake attempted to break up a disturbance involving two women when police arrived.

Constable Sheskey and two other officers who were present at the shooting were put on administrative leave in August.