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Teen who urinated in Ore. reservoir speaking out

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PORTLAND, Ore. (NBC) - The teenager accused of urinating into a state reservoir in Portland, Ore. is speaking out, saying that the allegations are mostly false.

The Portland Water Bureau says the now infamous surveillance video shows 19-year-old Dallas Swonger urinating through a fence at a state reservoir while his friends watch.

But Swonger says that his friends dared him to do it and in the end, he didn't end up urinating in the reservoir at all.

"I went up to the water but I didn't. I peed against the wall," Swonger said.

He said that even though he's in the security video, the city can't prove that he actually urinated in the water.

"Why did I decide not to pee in water? Because I didn't want to pee in the water reservoir."

Even though Portland Water Bureau spokeswoman Jaymee Cuti said Thursday that test samples of water taken from the reservoir came back clean, they drained 38 million gallons of water used for drinking anyway.

Swonger wants people to know that while he didn't urinate in the water, he is sorry about the whole incident.

"I apologize. I didn't want all of this to go down. I didn't know it was going to get national, all of this for nothing," he said.

The teenager was cited for trespassing and public urination. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will decide whether to pursue criminal charges. Swonger and his friends have been banned from going to the reservoir.
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