- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A lawyer for a former Virginia TV reporter accused of sexual assault says the charges against him will be dropped.

Attorney Deborah Caldwell-Bono tells local news media outlets that the county prosecutor’s office said that the charges against former WDBJ reporter Orlando Salinas will be dropped during a hearing on Wednesday.

The Western Virginia Regional Jail says Salinas has been released from custody.

Salinas was arrested in July and charged with rape and forcible sodomy. Officials had accused him of sexually assaulting a 64-year-old woman in her Blacksburg home. Salinas’ trial was expected to begin Wednesday.

Caldwell-Bono told The Roanoke Times that case against Salinas was flawed from the beginning. The newspaper could not immediately reach Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt for comment.

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