Attorney Says Nowden's Accuser Now Takes Back Story
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The alleged victim's statements were made in a pair of sworn affidavits on March 22nd and again April 26th to a private investigator. Nowden's attorney Christian Catalano released the statements to YNN on Wednesday.
Catalano filed the documents with the court May 1st. In them, the student says she and the 38-year old Nowden exchanged numbers and began texting each other. She states on January 31st of this year she went to the movies with Nowden. That's where prosecutors say sexual contact between Nowden and the girl took place.
However, the girl now says in these statements that her and Nowden just talked. She states after the movie, she texted a friend and said something about how she just had sex with Nowden. According to the statement, she says she thought it would be "cool and make the other girls jealous."
The girl says after her remarks spread throughout the school, she "just kept the story going."
According to the girl, she states while being questioned by police days after the alleged incident, police would not let her leave, and after, she says she got sick of the way they were treating her. The girl now claims she told them "what they wanted to hear."
The statement ends with the victim adding "I never had any sexual relations with Monte Nowden. I only wanted to be cool and make the other girls jealous. I never meant for this to go this far. I want the charges to be dropped."
Nowden is charged with two counts of third degree rape and one count of criminal sex act for allegedly having sexual contact with the underage victim in January and February.
Now despite the victim's statements recently filed, the judge is still going forward with the case. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Balling tells YNN:
"Recantation is inherently unreliable. This one is more suspect because it was provided by the defense attorney. This is an effort by Mr. Catalano to circumvent the justice system by using the media."
Monte is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing June 15th.