There has been yet another troubling twist in the Contra Costa County’s ongoing saga of political intrigue in the district attorney’s office.
So far, the story has been full of misdeeds and lascivious details. They include dodgy rape charges against a longtime prosecutor, an anal sex club in the DA’s office, a violent criminal’s questionable release from jail, a botched home invasion robbery, and a secret deal with a prostitute. All of these events and sordid characters are connected in one way or another to last year’s campaign for district attorney.
Now a mysterious payout of a large sum of taxpayer money has thickened the story’s increasingly Byzantine plot. The payout is also raising legal questions because it was withheld from a grand jury testimony despite the payment’s pertinence to the case before it.
According to documents obtained by the Express, Contra Costa County paid $450,000 to the former deputy district attorney, known as “Jane Doe” in press reports, who claimed she was violently raped by fellow Deputy District Attorney Michael Gressett during a lunch break in May of 2008.
The October 2009 payout is troubling because Jane Doe’s rape allegations appear to be flimsy and suspicious. For example, Jane Doe claimed the extreme violence of the alleged sexual attack left her battered, bruised, and bleeding from the anus. But fifteen minutes after the alleged attack, she went shopping with a co-worker who described her as composed and that he “noticed nothing wrong with her,” according to court documents.