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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:25 pm | Updated: 11:17 pm, Tue Nov 27, 2012.

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer accused of sexual assault, has been dismissed.

In recent weeks, Rifkin's attorney argued that NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office with two key witness statements. The missing witness statements, according to a motion filed by the defense, are from two people who claim the actions between Rifkin and the alleged victim were consensual and no assault had taken place.

The judge presiding over the hearing, Robbin Stuckert, said there was a clear case of purposefully hiding information from the defense.

NIU Police Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan said he mistakenly placed the witness statements in the wrong folder and had not noticed the mistake until called upon by the state’s attorney’s office. As a result of Stuckert's finding, Ramakrishnan has been notified he will be discharged and NIU Police Chief Donald Grady has been put on paid administrative leave.

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