Wrongfully Convicted Houston County Man to Receive $475,000
CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) — A southeastern Minnesota man who was wrongfully convicted of child sex abuse will be compensated $475,000 under a new state law.
An attorney representing 50-year-old Roger Lee Olsen said Tuesday that he will receive the settlement for the two years he spent in the Stillwater Correctional Facility after he was convicted in Houston County of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.
The Star Tribune reports that Olsen was released from prison in 2008 when investigators found evidence that his accuser lied about the incident.
Olsen is among three men who will receive monetary compensation for their time incarcerated, as well as emotional distress and injuries, under a new state law.
The settlement will be presented to the state Legislature for final approval.