Mass. man wants daycare case removed from record
Posted at: 02/26/2013 1:45 PM
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man whose conviction was overturned in a daycare molestation case after he spent 21 years in prison is asking a court to wipe his record clean.
Bernard Baran was convicted in 1985 of molesting five children at the Pittsfield daycare center where he worked. Baran's conviction came during a national hysteria over child-care sex abuse cases.
Baran insisted he was innocent and was released in 2006 after a judge ruled that his trial lawyer was incompetent. Prosecutors decided not to re-try him.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley's office is opposing the move to erase his record, arguing in court documents that he didn't receive a judgment in his favor against the state in his erroneous conviction cases. Baran reached a settlement with the state, but the state denied liability.
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