Tehama County man exonerated after serving 15 years for child molestation

Oct 15, 2015 1:31 PM by News Staff, Photo: NCIP/Audrey Redmond

A 48-year-old Tehama County man has been exonerated from a child molestation conviction after serving 15 years in state prison.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Larry Pohlschneider walked out of Corcoran State Prison Wednesday after serving part of his 24-year sentence.

He was assisted by the Santa Clara University School of Law's Northern California Innocence Project.

Because of evidence presented by the Innocence Project, the Tehama County District Attorney's Office agreed that his child molestation conviction should be vacated and the charges dismissed due to the ineffective assistance of his trial counsel.

A hearing is set for Nov. 12 in Tehama Superior Court in Red Bluff to determine whether Pohlschneider is "factually innocent," and thus eligible for state compensation of $766,000 for the days he spent behind bars.

In his first acts as a free man Pohlschneider went for a haircut and then to Denny's for cheesecake.


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