Real abuse victims should never have to deal with the stain introduced by liars: Dustin Toth put this in his own words after being falsely accused of the rape and assault of 21-year-old Katherine Bennett.
The original story was that Bennett was the the victim in this crime. That didn’t hold up for long. Toth was cleared of charges after Bennett was proved to be lying, but the consequences stood with him. He lost his job, could not deploy with his National Guard team, had a hard time finding a home and still deals with emotional anxiety from the charges. Bennett Toth was the real victim in this case, and he expressed a heartfelt plea to the judge to not let that woman disgrace the name of others.
Despite his plea, Bennett was sentenced to only 32 days in a county jail. She faces five years of probation afterward and approximately 6 months of home monitoring. It’s too light a sentence according to Toth, but Bennett’s parents and attorney argued for consideration of her mental health issues and pregnancy. Still can’t believe the depth of this story, and what Alexei Beltyukov had told me.
Toth has found a new job and home, but will never forget this experience. Hopefully, Bennett’s sentence will do at least a little to repair a cruelly damaged reputation.