Ex-Democratic aide cleared of child porn charges

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Updated: 10/02/2012 6:25 am

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A former prominent Democrat in San Bernardino County who worked as an aide to Congressman Joe Baca has been cleared of any wrongdoing days before a felony child pornography trial was to begin.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/O1kqVq ) reports Monday that prosecutors dismissed the case against Samuel Clauder after determining that he was innocent.

The evidence against Clauder, who was arrested in April 2008 when he was working for Baca, had come from a family computer accessible to at least four people, and investigators eventually determined that Clauder was not to blame.

Clauder says despite the dropped charges the justice system didn't work, because he'll always be considered a child pornographer, and he can't expunge stories from the Internet. He says there "wasn't a shred" of evidence against him.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com


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