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Burnett County sex assault case moves to Douglas County

A Superior man accused of sexually assaulting four women - three in Douglas County and one in Burnett County - will be moved to the Douglas County Jail while his court cases continue.

Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, faces three felony counts of second degree sexual assault in Douglas County stemming from three attacks on three separate women in Superior this summer. He is also charged with felony counts of second degree sexual assault and battery for a 2006 incident in Burnett County.

The Burnett County case was originally assigned to Burnett County Judge Kenneth Kutz. Mehtala's attorney, Chris Gramstrup, filed a request for a substitute judge. The case landed on the desk of Sawyer County Judge Gerald Wright last month. Monday, Dec. 14, it was reassigned to Douglas County Judge Kelly Thimm, who is presiding over the Douglas County case.

During a status conference for the Douglas County case Friday, Gramstrup requested that Mehtala, who has been housed in the Burnett County Jail, be moved to the Douglas County Jail.

"The case would progress quicker," he said, and the move would save transportation costs from transferring Mehtala back and forth for court dates.

"I agree," Thimm said. "It makes sense for him to be staying here."

A status conference for the Douglas County case was set for Dec. 29, the same day Thimm will be holding a scheduling conference for the Burnett County case.

"At that point we'll decide what we need to do for further scheduling," Thimm said.

Mehtala remains in custody.

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