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Man Freed After Spending Nearly 30 Years in Prison for a Rape He Did Not Commit

A man walked free on Monday after spending nearly three decades behind bars for a rape he didn’t commit.

Patrick Brown was convicted in 1994 of raping his then 6-year-old stepdaughter, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in Louisiana said. The sexual assault survivor did not testify at Brown’s trial and, beginning in 2002, she repeatedly asked for the case to be reviewed, insisting Brown wasn’t her attacker, the district attorney’s office said.

But the case was not investigated again until recent years.

“It is incredibly disheartening to know that this woman was dismissed and ignored, no matter how inconvenient her truth, when all she wanted was the real offender to be held responsible,” Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams said in a statement Monday. “When someone is wrongfully convicted, not only is it an injustice for the person who has years of their life stolen, but it is an injustice for the victim and the people of New Orleans because the real perpetrator is left to harm others.”

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