A full day after The Weekly reported on Robert Haugh’s sexual assault arrest, Haugh’s attorney Chuck Smith returned The Weekly’s unanswered Friday phone call, saying that the case against Haugh was rejected by the District Attorney’s office.
The Weekly has sought clarification from the DA, but has not received an answer at of this writing.
The DA, said Smith, notified him on Monday, Aug. 17 that the case against Haugh had been rejected. “The DA chose not to file charges,” he said.
On Aug. 21, when directly asked about the status of the case on Aug. 21, PIO Cynthia Sumida told The Weekly that the DA’s office wasn’t commenting and that further information would be forthcoming this week.
The accusation, Smith says, is part of an attempt by Haugh’s ex-wife to deny Haugh custody rights.
“It’s true that children don’t lie about sexual abuse,” Smith said. “The one area where experts will tell you the claim may not be true is when the claim arises is in the course of a custody battle. It’s a classic situation.”
Smith is a criminal defense attorney based in Redwood City. One of his high profile cases is that of Isaiah Peoples, the man accused of deliberately driving a car into a crowd of people in Sunnyvale crosswalk in April 2019.
Update on Aug. 25: Read an update on this story here.