Hennepin County Attorney dismisses rape case after senior prosecutor admitted to lying
A senior prosecutor is removed from cases pending a personnel investigation
January 10, 2023
Rape charges against a St. Paul man were dismissed Monday after a Hennepin County senior prosecutor admitted to lying over the contents of a note passed in court during his trial.
Marco Tulio Rivera Enamorado, 35, was accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in June 2019. Four days into his trial, newly elected Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty dismissed the case because a veteran prosecutor, Catherine McEnroe, admitted to lying to the court.
"I am deeply remorseful and apologetic to the victim who will not have an opportunity for justice in the process of criminal prosecution," Moriarty said Monday in her first news conference since taking office last week. "Transparency is necessary for the public to have any trust in the possibility of justice."