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New Sentencing Trial For Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault Of Minors: Expert Lied, Victims Recanted

The Texas Supreme Court today ordered a new sentence for Michael Arena, a Harker Heights man who has served almost 13 years of a 20-year sentence for molesting a young cousin who later said the incident never happened.

The court ruled that Arena deserves a new sentencing trial because of false testimony by a psychologist, who during Arena’s 1999 trial labeled him a pedophile who was likely to strike again.

The psychologist, Fred Willoughby, based his conclusion on a test that required the then-16-year-old to click through images of swimsuit-clad people of various ages while the computer secretly measured how long he viewed each photo.

According to the unanimous opinion, written by Justice Eva Guzman, Willoughby testified that the test had an 85 percent accuracy rate. In reality, it was 65 percent.

Willoughby also misstated the scientific support for the test, saying independent st

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Added: May-22-2012 Occurred On: May-17-2012
By: gregsto
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Tags: michael arena, pedophile, wrongly convicted, witness, lied, texas
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  • our court system is so messed up

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  • Withholding judgment until I see the slideshow

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  • take a number, there are hundreds of thousands of people in this situation.

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  • thats fucked up, they have completely destroyed the mans life

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  • He plays grid iron - of course he's a pedo!

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  • It doesn't matter if he was innocent or guilty.

    As long as the rest of us STFU and ignore the situation, we won't be criminalizing politicians and civil service employees.

    Feel bad for the dude or anyone in this situation, but the situation is what the situation is.

    Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Oh, BTW, you better goddam support the troops or your next.

    Cheers

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  • boys comparing dick size and harmless stuff. done that many times, not at 16 but still.

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  • the very subtle signs are there, it's in his eyes, he is telling the truth ... innocent

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  • Yep...those court appointed experts have a nitch alright...look howmany recently have been proven to lie to collect the high fee's DA pay to get their case locked up.

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