Judge rules wrongly convicted Red Bluff man eligible for $766K

Nov 24, 2015 5:35 PM by News Staff, Photo: Northern California Innocence Project

A 48-year-old Red Bluff man who served 15 years in state prison for child molestation has been found innocent by a Tehama County Judge, meaning he is now eligible to receive $140 for every day he was incarcerated.

On Tuesday, Tehama County Superior Court Judge Matthew McGlynn found Larry Pohlschneider "factually innocent," and thus eligible for state compensation of $766,000 for the days he spent behind bars.

Pohlschneider’s case was handled by the Santa Clara University School of Law's Northern California Innocence Project. Attorney’s claimed that Pohlschneider was wrongly pulled into a child molestation case involving his ex-wife’s second husband.

Pohlschneider was convicted in 2000 after three children implicated him in the molestations, but those children, now adults, have since recanted their stories.

The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office agreed with the Northern California Innocence Project and ruled that Pohlschneider’s child molestation conviction should be vacated and the charges dismissed due to the ineffective assistance of his trial counsel. He was released from Corcoran State Prison on Wednesday October 14.

The case will now be forwarded to the state, and Pohlschneider is expected to receive his compensation sometime next year.


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