Raines to seek dismissal of child molestation charge


A lawyer for Bob Raines, the former school superintendent accused of child molestation in June, will seek to dismiss the case. Mr. Raines, who headed Shoreline Unified School District for five years before retiring last October, was arrested on June 8 on suspicion of a felony: lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. He was ultimately charged with a misdemeanor for molesting a 9-year-old boy. Now, his lawyer, Charles Dresow, is pointing to outstanding evidence he says would exonerate his client entirely. The Marin County District Attorney’s office is still prosecuting the case but is not requesting a criminal protective order against Mr. Raines. At a hearing last week, Judge Roy Chernus agreed to delay the matter until prosecutors can review more evidence, consisting of audio and video interviews. “It’s unusual that the district attorney filed the case without reviewing all the evidence,” said Charles Dresow, Mr. Raines’s attorney. A spokesperson for the D.A. said the office does not comment on active cases, and Shoreline Unified School District has kept silent on the matter. After the arrest, the district declined to say if the victim was a student, and last week school board president Jill Manning Sartori declined to comment. By Mr. Raines’s next court appearance on Oct. 18, Mr. Dresow said he will file a motion to dismiss the case based on the remaining evidence, which he is confident will support his client.