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Convicted man seeks records in notorious molestation case

February 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A man trying to clear his name after a 1980s guilty plea in a notorious child molestation case wants a New York appeals court to order prosecutors to turn over his criminal case file.

Jesse Friedman, who spent 13 years in prison, insists he is innocent. He has spent more than a decade trying to overturn his conviction.

He and his father, Arnold Friedman, both pleaded guilty to abusing 13 young boys who had taken computer classes in the basement of their Long Island home.

The case was the subject of an Oscar-nominated 2003 documentary.

His attorney on Tuesday asked a panel of appeals judges to order the release of the records.

Prosecutors oppose the release, citing concerns about victims’ privacy.

The court did not immediately rule.

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