- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has granted a sex offender’s request for a hearing on his innocence claim in a notorious 1980s abuse case.

Newsday reports that acting State Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan granted Jesse Friedman a hearing to determine whether he is actually innocent. The hearing will be early next month.

Friedman pleaded guilty in 1988 to sexually abusing boys who took computer classes. His father, Arnold, also pleaded guilty and later committed suicide in prison.

Jesse Friedman was released in 2001. He claims he was coerced into pleading guilty.

The case was the subject of an Oscar-nominated 2003 documentary called “Capturing the Friedmans.”

Corrigan said she hadn’t watched the documentary. She said her decision was based on evidence, not “the editing skills of successful and talented movie producers.”

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