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Man who had sexual assault fees controversially dropped faces new intercourse assault fees

The son of a former district official, who was charged with sexual assault in 2017 in a case that sparked a feud between state police and local prosecutors, is now facing sexual assault that stemmed from an April incident.

Ian Schweizer, 38, was charged with two sexual assaults and two serious assaults related to an incident at a Sandyston home on April 21, a Morris County prosecutor’s spokeswoman said. He had previously been charged with simple assault.

A scheduled simple assault hearing on Tuesday was postponed to Thursday so all charges could be heard at the same time, Schweizer’s attorney said during a Zoom call.

Schweizer had previously been accused of assaulting a woman outside a bar in 2017 and was charged by state police. However, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute him. This started a year-long struggle between the agencies with allegations of corruption from both agencies.

In the current charges, Schweizer is charged with detaining a woman during an argument and causing cuts and bruises on her neck and wrists.

Police said the house showed signs of struggle and records identified the incident as domestic. It is not clear where the Swiss and the woman knew each other from.

Schweizer is currently being held at the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Institute in Sussex County. Despite his indictment in Sussex County, the Morris County Attorney’s Office will be pursuing the case.

Schweizer’s father previously served as the executive director of Morris County’s municipal government, leading to allegations that the 2017 charges against him were dropped because of that relationship.

An investigation by an external law firm commissioned by the Attorney General’s office found that the investigation against Schweizer was not corrupt either by state troopers or by the public prosecutor’s office.

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