MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office on Tuesday dropped all criminal charges against an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy who had been accused of raping a woman in Moraga last year.
David Reta, a 28-year-old Union City resident, was charged in December with rape and attempted forcible oral copulation. He was scheduled to begin a preliminary hearing on Tuesday when senior deputy district attorney Nancy Georgiou, head of the sex crime prosecutions, announced that her office was withdrawing the charges.
"After we initially charged him, (the prosecution and the defense) did further investigation," Georgiou said. "We decided we weren't going to go forward based on the additional evidence we all discovered.
"At this time, we don't believe we can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt."
A Contra Costa County judge dismissed Reta's case without prejudice, meaning the DA's Office is not precluded from refiling charges in the future.
Reta, who has maintained that he is innocent, was overcome with emotion upon hearing the announcement, said his attorney, Daniel Russo. Reta appeared in court with numerous supporters, including other sheriff's deputies.
"He's tremendously relieved," Russo said. "This guy has always wanted to be a cop and still wants to be a deputy.
"This has been horribly humiliating for him," Russo said. "He's been on paid leave, but he wants to get back to work."
Reta had been an
Russo said his office did a months-long investigation into the allegations and presented the findings to the prosecution. Neither Russo nor Georgiou would not comment on the nature of that evidence.
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