All charges against Malthe Thomsen were dropped and he is now seeking compensation. Photo: Michael Bothager/Scanpix
His search for justice, however, will have to wait for a few more months. His lawyer, Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, told news agency Ritzau that Monday’s court appearance ended with an adjournment until June.
“He is disappointed. I believe that he is ready to keep fighting, but he is disappointed. He doesn’t want his family to be in debt any more. This has been going on for a year and a half now and they really want to come out of this safe and sound,” she said.
Thomsen has sued both a former coworker who accused him of sexually assaulting children at an upscale Manhattan daycare institution and the New York City Police Department, which he says coerced a false admission out of him. He is seeking $7 million (48 million kroner).
The charges against him were said to have been based solely on the the claims of former colleague Mariangela Kefalas, a woman who Thomsen’s lawyer says was fired from the preschool for “creating so much drama”. According to the New York Times, Kefalas made her claims against Thomsen just days after being fired and is now suing the school for wrongful termination.
The school’s own investigation into the claims found them baseless.
Thomsen’s two mothers mortgaged their Denmark house and racked up some $200,000 in legal fees to help their son successfully fight the charges.
Fisher-Byrialsen said that following Monday’s court appearance, she presented the police with a final settlement offer to avoid taking the case to trial. The police have until Friday to respond.
If they decline the settlement, Thomsen’s case will proceed in June.