East County News Service

Miriam Raftery Photo: Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, March 2020 Primary Night

September 16, 2022 (San Diego) – The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has closed its investigation into allegations of sexual assault by County Democratic Party Chairman William Rodriguez-Kennedy.

Rodriguez-Kennedy released a statement today saying he had been ‘cleared of wrongdoing’. He has been on leave since May, pending the outcome of the investigation.

On Friday, DA spokeswoman Tanya Sierra told The Times of San Diego, an ECM media partner, “After careful review, we have determined that no charges can be filed in this matter. . We don’t discuss our charging decisions except to say that we can only file charges when we think we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.

In a statement released today, Rodriguez-Kennedy said, “Several months ago I was accused of something I did not do. I immediately became the target of racist and homophobic hatred. I suffered reputationally, emotionally and physically. My family and friends suffered with me. My life was stolen from me As a survivor myself, I believe that accusations should be treated seriously, investigated vigorously, and that the dignity and rights of accusers and survivors should be protected in a process that can be traumatic. I also believe in the fundamental right to due process for an accused person. »

Rodriguez-Kennedy says he met with the assistant district attorney and an investigator, providing evidence to refute any allegations of wrongdoing, adding, “The district attorney’s office has closed the investigation and no charges of any kind will be forthcoming.” filed… With this trauma behind me I look forward to returning to my work of service to the public and my party. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received.

The sexual assault accusation surfaced on a May 4 Facebook page of activist Tasha Williamson, who claimed to have counseled a man who said he was drunk and unable to consent when Rodriguez-Kennedy had sex with him, KPBS reported. The man did not come forward publicly.

Williamson said she found the news that no charges would be filed “heartbreaking,” reports The Times of San Diego.

Rodriguez-Kennedy had previously been involved in a relationship in which he accused her ex-boyfriend of assault and battery; the boyfriend then obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Rodriguez-Kennedy, which was dissolved a few weeks later, according to court records obtained by KPBS.

On Facebook, many voiced their support for Rodriguez-Kennedy, including Ilka-Weston, who wrote, “Will has such a commitment to people who have suffered from the MeToo movement in addition to being a victim and supporting those of between us who have been victims. There is no doubt in our minds. And there were no fees. But there are guilty people who worked together and attacked my friend Will, who has such strength and such a level of integrity and compassion. He always thinks of others.

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