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Wrongfully Convicted Danbury Man Receives $170K In Damages

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DANBURY, Conn. -- A Danbury man who was wrongfully convicted of exposing himself in the Newtown library nearly 15 years ago has been awarded $170,000 in damages, according to the News-Times website. 

Michael Seri Jr. sued the state for $395,000 for his suffering and was awarded $370,000, the News-Times said. But $200,000 was subtracted, the amount he recovered by suing Newtown and its police department in 2009, the story said. 

Seri is a white, balding man, and the suspect was described as a Hispanic male with black hair, but the Newtown police charged Seri despite the discrepancy, the News-Times said. 

Seri was sentenced to six months in prison in 2001 and labeled a sex offender, the News-Times reported. After fingerprint evidence linked the crime to a known sexual predator arrested for similar incidents, the charges were dropped in 2003, the story said. 

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