County of Conviction: Kern County, California
Wrongful Conviction: 17 Counts of Child Molestation
Exonerated Date: 2004
Years Served: 20
John Stoll was convicted of child molestation in one of several infamous Kern County California sex ring prosecutions that took place during the 1980’s. He was convicted on the 1984 testimony of six boys, ages seven to nine. There was no physical evidence presented at trial. Years later, four witnesses who testified against Stoll as children recanted their testimony. They admitted that the sexual abuse stories they told as children were lies and that law enforcement officials, social workers, and prosecutors coerced them into making false allegations against Stoll. At the conclusion of the hearing, Stoll’s conviction was overturned and he was freed after 20 years in prison.
Source: California Innocence Project
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