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* Michael Gressett Former Contra Costa County Sex Crimes Prosecutor Accused Of Rape Gets Public To Pay For A Private Attorney

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Former Contra Costa County sex crimes prosecutor Michael Gressett said in court today that he no longer has the financial resources to hire an attorney to defend him against charges that he raped and sodomized a colleague in 2008.Gressett, 52, was referred to the Public Defender’s Office during a hearing this morning in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, but Acting Public Defender Robin Lipetzky said her office could not represent him because of a conflict of interest.She said that the Alternate Defender’s Office, which is a branch Public Defender’s Office, also has a conflict of interest.The judge referred Gressett to the Conflict Panel, where he will be assigned a private attorney to represent him. Gressett was indicted by a grand jury in October on multiple counts of forcible rape, sodomy and oral copulation. He has also been charged with false imprisonment, making criminal threats and using an ice pick and a handgun during the alleged assault, which allegedly happened during a lunch break at his home in Martinez in May 2008, according to the indictment.Gressett is scheduled to return to court Nov. 30 to be assigned an attorney and enter a plea.

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