Ron Reinstein, an investigator with the Public Defender's Office, then visited retail stores and other locations that Leberth said he and the woman went.At each place, Reinstein heard stories about a cheerful couple and Leberth's kindly attitude toward the woman.They were encouraged not to talk until the charges were dismissed, as Lopez expected would happen."You felt like you were going through the steps of somebody dying and there's nothing you can do," Henshaw said.Lopez commended the District Attorney's Office for, after the arrest, quickly turning over the photos of the woman and Leberth together at MCC. But the Leberth family doesn't share those sentiments.
Instead, Leberth was suspended from campus and spent months wondering what the resolution of the criminal charges would be.On an April day when Patrick Leberth allegedly held a woman captive for sex at his Monroe Community College dormitory, he could be seen walking down the college hall with her, holding hands, smiling and chatting.On another day in late April when Leberth allegedly held the woman hostage, the two of them went to her church, driven to and from by the church pastor, who afterward returned the woman to her home and Leberth to MCC.Leberth's mother, Holly Leberth, said Brighton police interviewed him at their Kendall home in early May, then became annoyed when he decided he wanted a lawyer.That's when they arrested him, she said."I was always under the impression innocence matters, but it doesn't," she said. They're on a mission."The evidence that police considered incriminating was a text exchange between Leberth and the woman, Lopez said.
We did a pretty thorough investigation," he said, noting that there were multiple interviews."Probable cause was established to corroborate the victim's allegations," he said.