Windsor man cleared of kidnapping charges, accuser arrested

4:41 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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WINDSOR - A Fort Collins woman who told police that a former co-worker drugged and kidnapped her from a Windsor parking lot in November has been arrested on a charge of attempting to influence a public official.

Katherine Bennett, 20, accused 25-year-old Dustin Toth of luring her to a Safeway parking lot in Windsor on Nov. 24 before taking her back to his Windsor home, holding her there overnight and sexually assaulting her.

Bennett told police Toth had convinced her to meet up and talk "as a friend" about his impending National Guard deployment, according to an arrest affidavit from the Windsor Police Department.

As a result of Bennett's report to police, Toth was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault and was jailed.

"As we progressed through our investigation, it became apparent that it didn't happen the way she described it," Windsor Police Lt. Richard Higuera said.

Bennett's arrest affidavit highlights many times in which she changed her story and made claims that police later found to be untrue.

Higuera said Fort Collins Police arrested Bennett on Tuesday and turned her over to Windsor Police.

Toth has been cleared of all charges, Higuera added.

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