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August 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Ex-Microsoft manager charged with raping office janitor

A former Microsoft senior program manager was charged last week with second-degree rape for allegedly forcing himself on a janitor inside his office on the company’s Redmond campus.

Vineet Kumar Srivastava, 36, was arrested July 26, four days after he allegedly raped a 32-year-old woman, charging papers say. He spent 24 hours in the King County Jail before posting a $150,000 bond, jail records show.

King County prosecutors — noting that Srivastava had worked for Microsoft only for one month and that he has the means to travel — had asked a judge to order Srivastava to relinquish his passport as a condition of his release. According to a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Srivastava’s defense team said his passport had been turned over to the court.

Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said Tuesday that Srivastava’s employment was terminated after the alleged attack. Gellos said Microsoft contracts with an outside company to provide cleaning services.

According to charging documents, the alleged victim was cleaning the third-floor kitchen in Building No. 27 around 11 p.m. on July 22 when Srivastava approached her and motioned for her to follow him down the hall to his office. She grabbed her cleaning supplies and followed him, “assuming he needed something clean(ed) in his office,” the papers say.

Once inside the office, Srivastava allegedly grabbed the woman’s breasts and buttocks, showed her pornographic videos on his cellphone, then slammed her to the floor and raped her, charging papers say. The woman screamed and struggled to get away, then lay on the floor crying while Srivastava left the office to dispose of the condom he wore during the attack, according to the papers.

The woman called her supervisor but couldn’t reach him until nearly 1 a.m. on July 23. When she did, the supervisor “discounted what she reported and he failed to report it to the authorities,” charging papers say. The woman reported the incident to a female supervisor the evening of July 24, and that supervisor called police, according to the papers, which do not indicate the name of the cleaning company. While he declined to name the cleaning company, Gellos said he would pass along a reporter’s contact information to the company.

Redmond police say Srivastava claimed the woman forced him to have sex, saying he was “afraid of her,” but had retrieved a condom from his car, then reluctantly returned to his office because he “felt like he had no choice,” charging papers say.  “He said he should have been stronger but was missing his wife who has been in India” since July 8, according to the charges.

The charging papers note that Srivastava said he had no injuries or bruising after the incident, while the woman had bruises on both shoulders “that appeared consistent with finger pressure.” The woman identified Srivastava from a photo montage and also turned over unwashed clothing that she was wearing at the time of the alleged attack, the papers say.

According to court records, Srivastava has retained David Allen and Todd Maybrown of Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, a Seattle criminal defense firm, to represent him.


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