Vindicated political aide to have record destroyed

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Updated: 12/07/2012 7:54 pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered the arrest record and criminal case file be sealed and destroyed for a former prominent Democrat in San Bernardino who was wrongly accused of having child pornography while working as an aide to Congressman Joe Baca.

The San Bernardino Sun reports 61-year-old Samuel Clauder's legal vindication comes years after his 2009 arrest.

Clauder's attorney Rajan Maline says he lost everything after being falsely accused by his son Trey Stancher.

Stancher later admitted to installing child porn on Clauder's computer to frame him after a computer forensics expert discovered the illegal images came from a peer-to-peer networking account belonging to Stancher.

Clauder broke into sobs Friday, saying he should be elated but the allegations had ruined his life, leaving him destitute and homeless.


Information from: The Sun,


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