In a transfer that stunned native Democrats, the San Diego County District Legal professional’s Workplace says it gained’t file expenses in opposition to leave-of-absence-taking celebration chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.
The information emerged Friday morning when Rodriguez-Kennedy despatched a press launch and posted to social media, claiming he was “cleared of wrongdoing” 134 days after stepping down from his submit.
He stated the DA’s workplace carried out a “thorough, unbiased investigation of [an] accusation” first aired publicly in Might by Tasha Williamson on behalf of a person alleging nonconsensual intercourse.
“Throughout that course of, I personally met with the assigned Deputy District Legal professional and D.A. Investigator,” Rodriguez-Kennedy stated in an announcement. “I answered all of their questions. I offered proof which refuted any declare of wrongdoing.”
He stated his lawyer, Gene Iredale, knowledgeable him that District Legal professional Summer time Stephan had closed the investigation and no expenses of any form could be filed.
DA spokeswoman Tanya Sierra on Friday advised Instances of San Diego: “After an intensive assessment, we decided that no expenses might be filed on this case. We don’t focus on our charging selections besides to say that we are able to solely file expenses after we imagine we are able to show them past an affordable doubt.”
Rodriguez-Kennedy, in his 250-word assertion, added: “With this trauma behind me, I look ahead to returning to my work in service of the general public and my celebration. I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of assist I’ve acquired.”
Not so quick, Williamson and others are saying.
In a cellphone interview, former mayoral candidate Williamson stated the information was “heartbreaking” for her and the unidentified male “sufferer who stands behind his statements.”
She added: “I completely have talked to a number of different individuals who alleged to be victims of Will Rodriguez. And I don’t assume that he wants to come back again, and I feel that he ought to humble himself and get the assistance that he wants. So that he’s protected and others are protected round him.”
Williamson says she doesn’t imagine that the Democratic Social gathering, via its Ethics Committee, has accomplished its investigation into this matter. She says the alleged sufferer hasn’t been interviewed.
“Simply because the DA, you realize, decides that it could not be capable of win a case …. it doesn’t imply that the incident itself didn’t occur,” she stated.
Rodriguez-Kennedy’s emailed assertion refers to himself as chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Social gathering. (He was elected in 2019.)
Actually, the official stays on a depart of absence. The performing celebration chair is Rebecca Taylor, a Navy veteran who volunteered as a “Sexual Assault Sufferer Intervention Advocate,” in line with her celebration bio.
Taylor and celebration government director Ryan Hurd didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Rodriguez-Kennedy declined to touch upon the document.
However a Democratic insider who declined to be recognized says “the sensation from those that care concerning the group is that he mustn’t come again till after the [November] election and that we can’t be distracted by this. We have to elect Democrats.”
Regardless of how the information is spun, the insider stated, “There’s drama. And so we don’t want the press distractions. We don’t want the procedural civil battle contained in the Central Committee.”
“He was nonetheless accused. Like we don’t want any of this as a result of we’ve an election to win.”
In July, KPBS reported that Rodriguez-Kennedy was the topic of a short lived home violence restraining order in 2012.
Citing court docket information, reporter Andrew Bowen wrote: “The short-term restraining order, which was dissolved after six weeks, was granted based mostly on a sworn assertion from an ex-boyfriend, who stated Rodriguez-Kennedy subjected him to repeated bodily and verbal abuse.”
Rodriguez-Kennedy denied these accusations and offered KPBS a police report he filed in opposition to the ex-boyfriend months prior through which he accused him of battery, KPBS stated.
“Neither celebration seems to have been arrested over the accusations,” KPBS reported.
In early Might, when he stepped apart, Rodriguez-Kennedy stated: “The allegations in opposition to me are utterly false and I’ll work vigorously to clear my title and show my innocence, however that takes time and within the meantime our celebration has essential work that should proceed on.”
Up to date at 3:48 p.m. Sept. 16, 2022