Brother: "My family and I are grateful that these false allegations have been dismissed"
Rachel Dolezal’s mother had told PEOPLE that sexual assault charges against their eldest son that were “a malicious lie” initiated by Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP president who for years has lied about being black.
On Monday, those charges were dismissed by prosecutors, Tom Kelly, the public information officer for the Fifth Judicial District of Colorado, tells PEOPLE. He would not comment on why they were dismissed.
Joshua Dolezal, who has not previously commented on the case, tells PEOPLE in an email: “My family and I are grateful that these false allegations have been dismissed and that justice has prevailed.
“We are thankful to our family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have supported us throughout this ordeal, and we are so happy to once again face the future with hope.”
Joshua, a college professor in Pella, Iowa, was charged with four felony counts of sexual assault on a child in 2013 by the Clear Creek County District Attorney’s Office.
Dolezal’s parents tell PEOPLE via an email: “The court’s decision to dismiss the false charges against Joshua is an appropriate acknowledgement of his innocence. We are sincerely thankful that justice has been done.”
A trial had been set for August in a case against Joshua, who was accused of sexually abusing a female sibling in 2001 or 2002 when the child was six or seven years old, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
The Dolezals have an adopted daughter, Esther, now 20.
Ruthanne says the victim suffers from reactive attachment disorder, a condition in which a child can’t bond with a parent or caregiver, and “seeks to cause trouble in the family.”
“The aligning with Rachel on this is a very bad combination,” she has said.
PEOPLE reached out to Rachel Dolezal for comment, but she did not respond. Messages left for Ester were not returned, either.
Dolezal – who resigned her post as NAACP president of the Spokane chapter and whose claims of racially-motivated hate crimes have never been substantiated – has said the fracas over her ethnicity was planted by her parents as the Colorado case was coming to trial.
Yet an Idaho reporter told PEOPLE he tracked them down while investigating Dolezal’s unsubstantiated hate crimes and asked them if she was white.
“We did not initiate it but when we were asked we were honest,” Ruthanne told PEOPLE. “We didn’t participate in the lies. We couldn’t. We won’t.”
Ezra Dolezal, 22, an adopted biracial brother of Rachel’s, tells PEOPLE: “I’m really happy they realized he didn’t do it and keep on questioning him about something he didn’t do. I’m kinda wishing they did it earlier, they never had proof.”
• Reporting by CHRISTINE PELISEK