It’s been 23 years since Christopher Wickham has seen the ocean, or taken a trip beyond Utah’s borders that lasted longer than a day or two.
He spent nearly 15 of those years at the Utah State Prison. And since his release in 2011, his travels have been restricted by rules he has to follow as a convicted sex offender.
But that’s all changing now.
With a judge’s signature on Tuesday, Wickham has been declared factually innocent of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl more than two decades ago.
He’s already off the sex offender registry, and his criminal records has been cleared. And he’ll be paid more than $615,000 to make up for the time he lost while behind bars.