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Victim in Kenneth City rape case says sex was consensual

12:04 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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Kenneth City, Florida- Last week, it was the top story on the evening news. 

Kenneth City Police reported the case of a man who allegedly barricaded himself in his ex-girlfriend's apartment. A news release sent out to local media went on to explain when officers made a forced entry, they reportedly found 20-year-old Preston Meierhoff sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in a back bedroom.

"I was shocked," said the victim who asked not to be identified, and says news reports of what happened did not accurately depict what really happened inside her apartment in the early morning hours of May 7th.

"I initially said no, but after I said no it became consensual," said the alleged victim in an exclusive interview with 10 News.

She says while her story to police has remained consistent, she is sure her longtime boyfriend doesn't deserve to be charged with rape.

"I think that was interpreted wrong, or maybe I came across wrong. It was all very fast and overwhelming and upsetting."

Meierhoff, an amateur mixed martial arts fighter, is accused of battering one of the victim's friends- who she arrived home with the night of the attack.

"That was definably wrong," she says of the suspect's actions. "That's why I said he definitely did this to himself and is in jail for that reason."

Meierhoff's mother says she is also upset how her son was portrayed on television and in the official police report.

"I could literally feel my heart dropping," said Frankie Styles, the suspect's mother after watching reports of her son's alleged actions on television. "I know what kind of boy he is- very respectful- and he knows to always treat women with respect."

Kenneth City Police stand by their initial investigation and say the case is now in the hands of the State Attorney's Office which is still waiting to review related evidence. 

The alleged victim only hopes prosecutors listen to her side of the story and take into account her wishes.

"I would like to drop the charges that they have me having against him," the victim said. "He didn't rape me."

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