GREELEY, Colo. — A Weld County woman was convicted of three felonies Thursday for falsely accusing a young man of kidnapping and raping her.
Katherine Elizabeth Bennett, 21, claimed a male acquaintance, Dustin Toth, took her from a Safeway store parking lot in Windsor on Nov. 24, 2013, and subsequently raped her. But her story, which changed several times, was later proven false, prosecutors said.
“It was very consensual … we went downstairs to watch movies and later became inimate,” Toth says.
Over the course of the investigation, Bennett deleted text messages proving that her initial report was false and carried on with her fabricated story, police said.
“Because of her initial report, a Windsor man was arrested for investigation of serious felonies that caused him to lose his job and damaged his reputation in the community,” prosecutors said in a media release.
“He was not charged, but the hardships due to his arrest and the publicized allegations continued for this young man, who testified that he nearly lost his military career as well because of the false allegations from a woman he considered to be a friend.”
“It was hard, It still is hard. I lost jobs. I wasn’t able to find a job for months because of my record,” Toth says. “It was all dropped which is why I was able to stay with the military.”
Bennett will be sentenced on Oct. 24. She could face up to nine years in prison.