UPDATE: Case dropped against woman accused of letting men sexually assault children for drugs

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The case against an Eau Claire woman accused of letting men sexually assault two children in exchange for drugs and money has been dropped.

In Eau Claire County, the case against Michelle Mayer, 40, was dismissed.

“The state has moved to dismiss this case in its entirety. I've granted that request so the case is dismissed,” said Judge Michael Schumacher.

Before the trial was set begin on Tuesday morning the alleged victim admitted to using marijuana the night before. The defense questioned if she was sober enough to proceed but the judge ruled the alleged victim was competent enough to testify.

When the alleged victim took the stand she only answered a few questions before asking to take a break.

The alleged victim then didn't return to the courtroom, at which point the state made the motion to dismiss the trial with prejudice, meaning the charges can't be brought forth again.

Assistant district attorney Crystal Jensen said, “Given the fact that if we're doing more harm to her than good by forcing her to proceed then I don't know what we're accomplishing. It's been one of the more difficult decisions I've made as a prosecutor.”

During opening statements on Monday the state said it would rely heavily on the victim's testimony since there was no evidence of sexual or physical abuse. Despite the outcome the state says it still believes abuse occurred.

“What she reported happened to her,” said Jensen. “There's a room full of people that believe her as well for what that's worth.”

The defense agreed to the case dismissal, all charges were dropped and Mayer has been released from all bond conditions.

Defense attorney Matthew Krische said, “I think it's a bit of shock, tears, joy that she can be reunited with the rest of her family and friends. Joy that she can get out of custody now.”

Krische says the outcome wasn't necessarily expected but that it is a great relief to Mayer.

He added, “I think healing can start now I think this is the right decision to move forward for both of them.”

The trial began on Monday and was set to last five days.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An Eau Claire County judge has dropped the charges against a woman accused of letting men sexually assault two children.

The case against Michelle Mayer was dismissed in court on Tuesday. Mayer has been released from all bond conditions. The case has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can’t be brought forth again.

The state said it moved to dismiss the trial since the proceedings seemed to do "more harm than good" to the alleged victim.

The victim, who was set to take the stand, only answered a few questions in front of the jury before asking to take a break. The victim then didn't return to the courtroom at which point the state made the motion to dismiss.

The trial started on Monday with jury selection.

Mayer was originally charged for the alleged assaults that were claimed to have happened over the course of nine years at a home on Eddy Lane. The complaint said that Mayer allowed the men to sexually assault the two children in exchange for drugs and money.

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