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Women Recant, Freeing Man After 20 Years

From Times Wire Reports

Prosecutors in the town of Bolivia dropped charges against a man who served 20 years in prison after the two girls he was convicted of molesting recanted their stories.

The victims, who were 4 and 6 when they made the charges, testified that they falsely accused the man under pressure from their grandmother because she wanted to protect the real abuser -- a cousin of the girls.

More than 40 members of the family of Sylvester Smith, 53, were in court when the charges against him were dismissed.


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