Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
Former Nassau County Legislator and State Senate candidate David Mejias has been cleared of all charges stemming from a September incident involving his former girlfriend. The Queens District Attorney’s office, which handled the prosecution, confirmed that the charges of stalking and menacing were dismissed in December and the remaining charge of reckless endangerment was officially dropped on Friday, June 10.
“At the end of the day the system worked,” said Mejias. “All the charges were completely dismissed and I have been vindicated.”
Mejias maintained his innocence since the incident occurred last September, on the eve of the Democratic primary. The negative publicity caused him to drop out of the race and incumbent State Senator Kemp Hannon defeated Democrat Francesca Carlow in November.
“This was completely blown out of proportion,” added Mejias’ lawyer Oscar Michelen. “There was never any threat of violence or any inference of stalking. This was nothing more than a chance encounter on the road that lasted three minutes.”
In court papers Michelen said the woman initiated 67 phone calls and 172 text messages to Mejias in the previous month and called him five times that day, including three during the alleged incident.
Michelen said that Mejias’ defense team moved quickly to dismiss the charges, insisting that stalking has to take place over a protracted period of time, not a brief encounter.
“This would be the shortest stalking case in American History,” Michelen said. “And it would be the only case in American history where the complaining witness would be calling the defendant before, during and after an incident.”
In December the special prosecutor assigned to the case, offered to drop all stalking and menacing charges if Mejias agreed to keep quiet about the case for six months until the final charge of reckless endangerment was dropped on Friday. June 10.
Mejias added that he hopes to remain active in the community. “I hope to remain involved, but from as far as public service I feel I can be a more effective advocate from the private sector.”