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July 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Rape charge dismissed against former Microsoft manager

A second-degree rape charge filed a year ago against a former Microsoft senior program manager has been dismissed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

A notice of dismissal filed today indicates “evidentiary considerations not known at the time of filing” the charge as the reason for the dismissal of the charge against Vineet Kumar Srivastava. Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, declined to elaborate on the dismissal.

Srivastava was arrested July 26, 2013, four days after the alleged rape on a female janitor inside his office on the company’s Redmond campus, charging papers said.

Redmond police said 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.

A Microsoft spokesman said that Srivastava’s employment was terminated after the alleged attack.

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