FAIRBANKS, Alaska According to the prosecution, Jonathan Dayton was accused of inappropriately touching a minor in late 2015 and 2016. Second Degree Sexual Abuse is a class B felony in the state of Alaska. First Degree Harassment, which Dayton pleaded guilty to, is a class A misdemeanor.
When asked by Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy why the charges were being lowered so far, the prosecution and defense explained that after the victim gave her initial interview she later recanted the accusations and said she made them up after watching a Netflix show. The victim's mother was on the phone and disputed any claims that the story was made up.
The defense said they were confident that they could take the case to trial and win, but that Dayton did not want to make the alleged victim testify before the court and be cross-examined.
Dayton will be sentenced next Monday and the defense plans on calling witnesses to dispute the charges.