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Nursing home rapist, victim reach settlement

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Nursing home rapist, victim reach settlement
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

DULUTH — The Duluth man who raped an 89-year-old resident of the Edgewood Vista independent living facility in Hermantown, where he worked as a certified nursing assistant, has agreed to a settlement with the victim.

Court records show that 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski agreed last month to a $10 million judgment in a civil lawsuit filed by the victim and her family. But, thanks to a unique agreement with the plaintiffs, he will not be responsible for paying the substantial sum, unless he violates one of several agreed-upon terms of the settlement.

Merzwski signed a confession of judgment and stipulation March 21, agreeing to the facts alleged by the plaintiffs and authorizing the judgment. The judgment was formally ordered by a judge Monday.

The agreement requires Merzwski to pay the victim previously court-ordered restitution of $1,063.80, and make a matching donation to the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault. He also cannot be convicted of criminal sexual conduct again, or be convicted or found liable in any claims of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult.

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