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The nine are charged with conspiring to wage war against the government.

Judge Roberts on Monday ordered the suspects released until trial but suspended her decision until prosecutors could decide whether to appeal her ruling.


Man pleads guilty to sex charges

NEWARK — A Canadian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from an international pedophile ring that investigators traced from computer records in New Jersey to Thailand.

John Wrenshall entered his plea in a Newark federal courtroom to conspiring to engage in sex tourism and conspiring to produce child pornography, and one count of distributing the materials.

Wrenshall, 63, admitted, in response to a prosecutor’s questions, to detailed graphic abuse of boys as young as 4 years old.

Wrenshall, a thin, bespectacled, balding man with grayish-white hair, wore a bright yellow prison jumpsuit and told the judge that he had two graduate degrees.

He then acknowledged conspiring to engage in sex tourism and soliciting clients in the U.S. and elsewhere to visit his home, where he arranged for them to have sex with prepubescent boys from 4 to 12.


DNA vindicates man in 1981 rape

CLEVELAND — An Ohio man tasted freedom for the first time in nearly 30 years Tuesday after a judge vacated his conviction because DNA evidence showed he did not rape an 11-year-old girl.

“It finally happened, I’ve been waiting,” Raymond Towler, 52, said as he hugged sobbing family members in the courtroom.

He walked from the courthouse, arms around his family members, amid the smell of freshly cut grass, blooming trees and a brisk wind off Lake Erie. He was headed to an “everything on it” pizza party.

Asked how he would adjust, Mr. Towler responded: “Just take a deep breath and just enjoy life right now.”

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