Utah Man Deemed Innocent

state will pay him $350K after his sons lied about being sexually abused

From the Salt Lake Tribune – September 6, 2019

David Hawkins is all too familiar with hopelessness.

He spent seven years in a prison cell, convicted of crimes he knew he didn’t commit. But what did that matter? A jury deemed him a sex offender, so even when he got out, he was crushed under parole officers and sex offender registries that affected everything from where he lived to the jobs he could get.

And he had long since lost his family. That was stripped of him for the past 13 years, after two of his sons told police he sexually abused them.

Salt Lake Tribune article

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