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December 12, 2013
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Woman who falsely accused Windsor man of sexual assault asks for bond reduction

The woman charged with attempting to influence a public servant — in this case Windsor police — after she falsely accused a Windsor man of sexually assaulting her asked a judge on Thursday for a bail reduction.

Katherine Bennett, 20, made the case that she has no prior record and has never even had a speeding ticket.

She was arrested by Fort Collins police about 6 p.m. Tuesday on a Windsor police warrant. Bennett previously told officers that Dustin Toth had kidnapped her from the Windsor Safeway parking lot, held her at knife point and raped her.

Bennett made a number of statements to Windsor police that were proven untrue, according to an arrest affidavit. As a result of the false statements, Toth was arrested and jailed and has suffered great personal hardship and embarrassment, police said.

The woman moved to Colorado from Illinois in October 2012, and she has no known family in Colorado, police said. Officers said that she was a flight risk with a high likelihood of leaving the state.

Appearing for her video advisement Thursday, Bennett asked a judge if her $20,000 bail could be reduced, citing what she called her clean criminal record that doesn’t even have a speeding ticket.

A judge denied that request until the woman’s attorney can be present.

Bennett remains in custody on $20,000 bond, and her next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning.


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