The man accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend remains in Saratoga County Jail after pleading not guilty and maintaining his innocence. But the Saratoga County District Attorney's office says his criminal history speaks for itself. YNN's Erin Moran reports.
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Ryan Place, 28, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts against him in Saratoga County court after police say he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and held her against her will for hours back in July.
“I'm saying it's a fabrication. Is there any truth to any of this? No,” said James Place, Ryan Place’s father.
He was in the courtroom Friday and said the alleged victim is lying.
“We support the victim, we believe her story. The police have checked her story out, she has given us information that has been corroborated and we feel we can sustain our burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said James Murphy, District Attorney for Saratoga County.
Police and the District Attorney's office said Place tied the victim up and held her against her will for hours and threatened her. Murphy says the victim did what she had to do to get away.
“I think we're lucky that she's not dead. And so, Mr. Place can say whatever he needs to say, but our position is very clear,” said Murphy.
“I challenge the media to get my spin on things. I first hand statements from the victim and they’re contradictoral to the story that's been spun on the media,” said Ryan Place.
When asked if he did it, if he kidnapped the victim, he replied no.
Place has a criminal record, including second degree rape, attempted burglary and stolen possession of criminal property. He is a registered sex offender and just finished serving an eight year prison sentence, according to his father, back in March.
Murphy said the victim is prepared to stand trial and that he is confident in the case.
“I think that again, trying to place blame on the victim is really a sad state of affairs. And we need to be focusing on the criminal conduct and liability of Mr. Place,” said Murphy.
Ryan Place faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.