Alleged HSU rapist's rap sheet revealed
A 24-year-old McKinleyville man accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 19-year-old Humboldt State University student multiple times Saturday night pleaded not guilty at his Thursday arraignment.
Court records show that Craig Martin Merz, who has been charged by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office for using an intoxicant to commit rape, has a history of statutory rape and drug abuse in Humboldt County...
According to court documents, on Dec. 16, 2004, Fortuna Police arrested then 19-year-old Merz on suspicion of statutory rape, after he was accused by a 14-year-old Fortuna girl. Merz maintained that the sex was consensual, but in 2005, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor statutory rape and was sentenced to probation.
At the time of his 2004 arrest, he was found in possession of a glass methamphetamine pipe and psychedelic mushrooms, court records show.
In 2005, Merz was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and giving false identification to an officer, which resulted in a suspended sentence with 26 months of probation.
Merz was arrested twice in 2006 for drinking in public and loitering. And in February of this year, Merz was arrested on suspicion of petty theft.
According to court documents, after his arrest Merz admitted to probation officers that he had been using drugs and alcohol -- both violations of his parole.
A report from his probation officer found in his court file reads Merz's “performance has been dismal. Defendant continues to use drugs and alcohol.”
That probation officer recommended the court revoke Merz's probation and sentence him to 365 days in jail without early release. Merz was sentenced on April 2 to 365 days in jail, where he stayed until Oct. 13, when he was released with credit for time served.
Following the Thursday hearing, Merz was returned to the Humboldt County jail where he has been since his most recent arrest Sunday. His bail was set for $50,000....
☛ TS McKinleyville man arrested for alleged HSU rape 11/18/08