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The Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine.A version of this story was first published in the Big Bend Sentinel, a weekly newspaper that covers West Texas. On the morning of May 20, the long-simmering criminal case against Terlingua hotelier Jeff Leach, who was indicted by a grand jury on a felony sexual assault charge over two years ago, was brought to an end—at the request of the local prosecutor, a Brewster County judge dismissed the case, voiding the possibility of an anticipated trial.Accusations against Leach, a prominent entrepreneur in the remote border town, began emerging in 2019 when former employee Katy Schwartz told authorities that Leach had held her down and attempted to forcibly kiss her, telling her he “gets what he wants.” Leach responded by suing Schwartz for defamation—but it…

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