Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor
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Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor
Laytonville, Ca
When: Date: 01/31/2013 Time: 1053 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Female Juvenile 14
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Austin Meritt 18 Laytonville, Ca
Written by: Lieutenant Kirk Mason
Synopsis: On 01-30-2013 at 1053 hours a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the Laytonville High school regarding a missing 14-year-old female juvenile.

Once the Deputy located the 14-year-old female juvenile it was learned that in December of 2012, she entered into a dating relationship with Austin Meritt (18-year-old male adult).

During the course of this dating relationship the 14-year-old female juvenile and Meritt engaged in sexual acts a number of times between December 2012 and January of 2013.

The Deputy conducted further investigations and established probable cause to show Meritt had engaged in sexual acts with the 14-year-old female juvenile.

As a result, the Deputy arrested Meritt for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is at least 3 years younger than the perpetrator. Meritt was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten