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FIU professor charged with raping housekeeper dodges Fox 4 cameras

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 06:14:08-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Four in your Corner is catching up with the Florida International University professor who has been charged with sexually assaulting his housekeeper at his South Fort Myers home.

On Tuesday David Ralston was formally charged with sexually assaulting the Cape Coral woman on April 29th. Investigators say Ralston's own security cameras will prove he raped his housekeeper.

When Ralston saw Four in your Corner’s cameras at his home, he quickly walked inside. We tried to ask him questions but he refused to comment.

Meanwhile, his alleged victim says, “I feel anxious, I feel scared."

The 69 year old FIU professor went before a judge and is now formally charged with assaulting the woman. His bond was set at $100,000.

Ralston’s alleged rape victim is now shocked to see he posted that bond and has been released. We're calling her "Tammy" to protect her identity. Tammy tells us, “I just cried, it's saddening that someone can do something so horrific and then just be able to get out in a matter of minutes."

Tammy tells us Ralston hired her to clean his home this past April but before she could begin she says Ralston slipped something in her drink. Tammy says, "He asked me, 'would you like a drink before you start working', and I was like, 'yeah sure, why not?" Within 35 minutes I passed out on his back porch and he took advantage of me. He took his clothes off, he straddled across my chest."

We went to Ralston's house and found his home unlocked, the battery in his BMW charging and no one answering the door. An hour later, Ralston arrived in a taxi cab. The cab driver tells us Ralston was afraid to face our cameras. He says, “When he saw you guys coming he said 'oh that's Fox news, so stop right here.'”

Tammy says she's just hoping authorities can stop Ralston before he hurts somebody else. She says, "I hope that these stories will bring other people forward because I’m pretty sure that I'm not the first but I want to be the last." Ralston's attorney refused to comment on this case. His trial has been set for July 25th.