- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Connecticut man who now proclaims his innocence following his guilty plea in a decades-old Great Neck child sex abuse case has asked a judge to order a hearing to reconstruct what specific crimes his conviction included, or dismiss all the charges if a record can’t be recreated.

A Nassau judge last year granted convicted sex offender Jesse Friedman, 46, a separate hearing on his claim of actual innocence.

His attorney, Ronald Kuby of Manhattan, said in a July 21 motion that the record from his client’s plea to 26 of 244 charges from three indictments was lost by “either the court reporter or the People.”

Friedman’s motion says the court record shows an assistant district attorney previously told a judge that prosecutors know what offenses Friedman pleaded guilty to, but “don’t have a way to correspond them to the actual counts in the indictment.”

Friedman’s attorney argues in the motion that he has to know what charges Friedman was convicted of in order prove during his innocence hearing that he didn’t commit those crimes. He claims Friedman already has shown through affidavits and witness testimony that he didn’t commit many of the crimes of which he was accused.

“The remedy for the inability to reconstruct is dismissal,” Kuby said Tuesday. “We had asked prosecutors to make a thorough investigation of … files and notes … Basically, the DA’s position was, it’s not their problem.”

Friedman is seeking a record of the time frame, the identity of the victim and allegations that are connected to the specific counts he pleaded guilty to, said Lonnie Soury, a spokesman for Friedman.

Newsday reported in 1988 that Friedman pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, along with counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a count of using a child in a sex performance and a count of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree.

A judge sentenced him to 6 to 18 years in prison and he got out in 2001.

The district attorney’s office didn’t immediately comment Tuesday on Friedman’s motion.

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