Jury Returns Guilty Verdict In Sexual Assault Trial

Modified: August 22, 2017 2:39pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 36-year-old Erik Meir of Buffalo has been convicted of Predatory Sexual Assault and Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child by a jury in a trial before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. 

The panel reached the decision after deliberating less than an hour following the week-long trial. 

The jury convicted the defendant of orally sodomizing a three-year-old in January of 2016. 

Meir faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Justice Buscaglia on October 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. 

DA Flynn commends Buffalo Police Detective Joseph Ahmed, who relentlessly investigated the case. 

“Det. Ahmed could have given up on this case, says DA Flynn. “He did not have much to work with at first, with such a young victim. But Det. Ahmed never gave up. He researched the defendant’s past contacts with law enforcement, developed additional witnesses to corroborate the child, and eventually obtained a confession from the defendant.” 

Assistant District Attorneys Ryan D. Haggerty and Anthony M. Rossi prosecuted the case.