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Spokane attorney accused of rape makes first court appearance; released without bond

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The attorney of Robert Caruso told KHQ on Monday the acts between his client and his accuser were consensual. The attorney of Robert Caruso told KHQ on Monday the acts between his client and his accuser were consensual.
SPOKANE, Wash. - After spending the weekend in the Spokane County Jail, attorney Robert Caruso appeared in a Spokane courtroom Monday afternoon, but this time as a defendant accused of rape and unlawful imprisonment. 

During his first court appearance, Judge Price ordered Caruso to be released without bond. Caruso's attorney argued his client's lack of criminal history and likelihood to make his court appearances as reasons for his release. 

The Attorney General's Office announced the charges against Caruso on Friday, and he was booked into jail Friday afternoon. Caruso's attorney told KHQ on Monday that the acts Caruso is accused of doing to a 22-year-old woman were consensual. 

In September, police were investigating the woman's claim that she was involved in a car accident in downtown Spokane. Court documents released on Friday stated the victim told police Caruso pulled up to the scene of the accident and asked the woman, "Are you drunk or high?" The woman said Caruso then told her he was a lawyer, and she interpreted that as he was going to help her.

Court records show Paramedics then arrived on scene and were immediately contacted by Caruso who said, "No, no, she is fine." Records show Caruso then said he was going to transport the woman to the hospital.

During the drive to the hospital, the victim said Caruso and her drove next to a marked Spokane County Sheriff's SUV. The victim said Caruso had her seat reclined, handed her a jacket and told her to cover her head and duck down. The victim said she repeatedly complained to Caruso about her neck and body hurting and said she needed to go to the hospital. The victim said Caruso instead took her to an apartment building, and then to what she thought was the top floor.

Court documents state once inside the apartment, the victim agreed to "do a shot" which she described as vodka. The victim said Caruso then gave her two pills, one she believes was Adderall and the other a "Roxy." The victim said she only took one of the pills and hid the other inside her jeans.

After taking the pill, the victim told police she began to feel lethargic, drowsy and woozy. The victim said Caruso then took her into a bedroom and began to remove her clothes without her permission.

The victim said she repeatedly told Caruso "no" and physically resisted having sex with him. The victim stated Caruso then raped her and she felt slightly unable to move and fully resist.

The victim stated Caruso began to get angry because she was resisting and because he wasn't able to perform. At this point, the victim told police Caruso then handcuffed her to the bed so she couldn't resist anymore. The victim stated once handcuffed, Caruso continued raping her and she continued to yell and scream because she wanted someone to hear and call the police.

After the sexual assault, the victim said Caruso forced her to shower with him. The victim told Caruso she was going to call the police, and she said Caruso replied, "I will blast them when they get here."

After showering, the victim said Caruso forced her to put on lingerie he supplied. The victim stated Caruso would not allow her to collect her clothes from the room. The victim stated she was afraid and remained at Caruso's house while he drank and took pills. The victim said she believed Caruso was trying to arrange a cocaine delivery to his house.

The victim told police she was able to leave Caruso's home after he finally fell asleep. As the victim was leaving, she checked the name on the prescription bottle Caruso was getting pills from, and remembered his name.

At around midnight, the victim was found by a neighbor near Caruso's home. The neighbor gave the victim some clothes and took her to the hospital.

At the hospital, the victim was interviewed by Spokane Police Detectives and underwent a sexual assault exam. The victim then took police to Caruso's condo.

Detectives found the car the victim said she was transported in, with the passenger seat reclined, as well as a jacket, just as the victim described.

Detectives also went through the victim's phone and found she had made numerous attempts to contact her mother, including sending a text message of "help." Detectives also found the victim also used Caruso's cell phone to try and call her mom, evidence police later confirmed.

Caruso told The Spokesman Review after his condo was searched in September that the allegations were "completely false." Caruso's attorney also told The Spokesman Review in September his client voluntarily submitted to a DNA test.


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