A former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer sentenced to life in prison for raping a young girl was released after a new trial found him not guilty.
Brian Franklin was sentenced in 1994 for the rape of a 13-year-old girl, but in May the state's court of criminal appeals granted him a re-trial. He was acquitted on Dec. 16.
In 2014, KDFW reported that the victim admitted to partially lying in a portion of her testimony. She did, however, continue to insist that he raped her. Franklin said he wasn't surprised by the ultimate verdict.
"I knew it was going to come," he said, adding that he continues to maintain his innocence even after being released.
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"I had the trifecta against me: I was an innocent man, I was a former police officer and I was accused of raping a child," he said.
Franklin was originally convicted on nothing more than testimony, as no evidence was provided.
"It’s a simple case," Franklin's defense lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said after a 2014 hearing, according to the Star-Telegram. "A conviction cannot stand if it’s based on perjury, in whole or part. That’s just basic fairness and due process.”
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John Peterson, the accuser's stepbrother later admitted that she confided to him that she made the entire incident up.
"I can't imagine what he's been through. It's scary," he said. "It's scary that someone can just take somebody's word, and he can be locked up like that."