CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities dropped kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault charges against an Elkview man after the 13-year-old victim changed her story, authorities said.
Bradley Price, 34, of Aarons Fork Road remains at South Central Regional Jail and now is charged with third-degree sexual assault.
The new charge was filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court Wednesday.
Price turned himself in to Charleston police on April 17. Officers began searching for him on April 11, the day after he was said to have kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from Charleston's West Side.
The girl's version of events has changed and the charges have changed with it, said Mark Plants, Kanawha County prosecutor.
"Initially the evidence supported the first-degree sexual assault charges based on the victim's statement," Plants said. "Now we have video evidence that contradicts that, and the victim's version has changed.
"There's no evidence that proves the kidnapping charge or the first-degree sexual assault charge. The only evidence we have now supports the third-degree sexual assault charge we've filed."
The girl initially told police that he approached her as she was walking down the street and threatened to harm her if she did not get into his vehicle. She said then that he drove her around with him until the end of his pizza delivery shift and took medicine to his children.
She said he then took her to the Knights Inn motel in Kanawha City where he assaulted her. The girl told police she was able to get away the next morning and go to the front desk to call her father.
The girl's parents, who have previously spoken about the arrest, did not respond to requests for comment.