WILLIAMSON - A man, who was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, was recently released from jail.
Jerry Marshall Cline, 38, of Williamson, “had his charges dismissed without prejudice,” Williamson Chief of Police C.D. Rockel said to the Daily News.
Jerry Cline was arrested Dec. 28, 2011, along with his brother, Christopher Alan Cline, 39, also of Williamson, for allegedly sexually assaulting three women during the month of December 2011.
“It was a case of mistaken identity from one victim,” Rockel said. “Once I learned he (Jerry) was in jail under false pretenses, I immediately spoke with Magistrate Pam Newsome and Assistant Prosecutor Eugene Cisco to have his charges dismissed.”
Rockel said that the police did nothing wrong and that the mistake “wasn’t their fault.”
Instead, he said, the WPD was fed misinformation from one of the three victims of an alleged sexual assault.
“We were given the wrong information from the victim,” Rockel said. “We acted under the color of duty and went with what we had.”
While Jerry Cline is out of jail and has no charges against him in the case of the three sexual assaults, Christopher Cline is still lodged at Southwestern Regional Jail, in Holden, with a $250,000 cash bond. Christopher is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault.