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Husband who says he was wrongly accused wins $375,000

September 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man cleared of sexually assaulting his wife has reached a $375,000 settlement in his lawsuit against more than a dozen defendants.

Gouldsboro resident Vladek Filler sued the county, police and prosecutors.

His lawyer tells WABI-TV that this is the first case in Maine where state prosecutors have paid to settle a suit involving prosecutorial misconduct.

Filler, who now lives in Georgia, was convicted of assault but cleared of rape charges made during a divorce and child custody battle. Eventually, the assault charge was dismissed.

His 2015 civil lawsuit contended he was denied a fair trial. A judge ruled that evidence was left out and that the prosecutor made improper statements. The prosecutor was later sanctioned.

The case is expected to continue against the lone remaining defendant, a friend of Filler’s ex-wife.

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