Jesse Friedman fights to clear his name

GREAT NECK - Jesse Friedman spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing more than a dozen children in the 1980s. However, two years ago, a court ruled that his guilty plea was most likely coerced, and the Great Neck native is now fighting to clear his name and his reputation.

Friedman and his father Arnold pleaded guilty to molesting 14 young boys who were students of a computer class the father taught out of their Great Neck home. Arnold Friedman committed suicide in 1995 while in prison, and Jesse served his time until 2001 - for crimes he now says he never committed.

Two years ago, a federal appeals court ruled that there was a "reasonable likelihood" that Friedman was "wrongfully convicted" and that the interviewing techniques used were "flawed."

While the ruling did not overturn Friedman's conviction, the court called upon the Nassau District Attorney's Office to review the case. It has been nearly two years since the appellate ruling, and no decision has been made by the D.A.

The Nassau District Attorney?s Office says it won't comment on the case, except to say it is re-examining the evidence.To see extended footage from this story, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.

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