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Rape case of former Microsoft employee dismissed

After multiple continuations, the case against Vineet Kumar Srivastava, a former Microsoft Corp. employee who was charged with second-degree rape of a Microsoft janitor a year ago, has been dismissed.

The order of dismissal was filed by King County prosecuting attorney Daniel Satterberg's office on July 3.

The court documents had cited "evidentiary considerations not known at the time of filing and in the interests of justice" as the reason why the case dismissed.

"You cannot imagine the ordeal that Mr. Srivastava has been through during the last 11 months — having been falsely accused of this offense," said Todd Maybrown, Srivastava's attorney. "It is shocking that any person would fabricate such a claim. However, our investigation has revealed that this is not the first time that this person has made a false accusation of rape against another person."

Srivastava, a former Microsoft senior program manager who was 36 at the time, was charged with second-degree rape on July 31, 2013 in King County Superior Court.

The alleged crime took place at about 11 p.m. on July 22, 2013 in Srivastava's office in Building 27. According to charging documents, he invited a janitor into his office, fondled her breasts and buttocks, prevented her from escaping and raped her. He placed his condom in the trash and took the bin with him as he left his office.

The then 33-year-old janitor informed her on-site supervisor of the incident, but he didn't believe her and didn't alert police, documents state. Another supervisor eventually contacted the Redmond Police Department (RPD) about the rape on July 24, 2013.

An RPD detective met with the janitor on July 25 and showed her six photos, one of which was of Srivastava, according to documents. When she saw his photo, the janitor said, "That's him, that's the man that raped me."

The detective added that the woman had visible bruises on both shoulders that appeared consistent with finger pressure. The woman said that she received the injuries during her struggle with Srivastava.

When the detective met with Srivastava on July 26, he said the janitor forced him to have sex, according to documents.

"We are glad that that justice has prevailed in the end, yet nothing can reverse the harm that Mr. Srivastava suffered," Maybrown said. "We only hope that this will never happen to any other person in the future."

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