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Franklin Beauchamp



Child/Minor Sexual Assault


25 to 75 years

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New York

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New York


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

Franklin Beauchamp was one of The Bronx Five: 5 men working at day care centers in the Bronx prosecuted by Mario Merola in 1986. Codefendant of A. Algerin and J. Torres. Beauchamp's conviction of child abuse was overturned by the New York State Supreme Court in May 1989. The FBI secretly recorded 640 hours of video tape at the day care and no abuse took place.

Conviction Caused By:

Interview techniques of the children involved that produced false testimony and the implantation of false memories.

Innocence Proved By:

Conviction reversed by New York State Supreme Court in May 1989.

Defendant Aided By:

"Attorney Joel B. Rudin represented all five of The Bronx Five during stages of the appeal process. He said: "It was appalling, frightening .. It was the product of a very ambitious prosecutor who saw a good story and jumped on a national bandwagon. The true victims were the defendants." "

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Frontline: Innocence Lost - Other Well-Known Cases

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"Ritual Abuse Cases In Westchester, New York State"

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