Judge finds ex-day care owners innocent of satanic abuse
AUSTIN | A Texas judge has approved a prosecutor’s declaration of innocence for the former owners of a day care who were imprisoned for 21 years for child abuse and satanic rituals.
Dan and Fran Keller were freed in 2013 after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals determined a doctor gave false testimony in their trial.
The Kellers divorced while they were in prison.
The couple was convicted in 1992 of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old after children in their care told investigators fantastic tales of dismembered babies and tortured pets.
Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said Tuesday that state District Judge Cliff Brown approved her motion that absolves the Kellers of any crimes.
The determination of outright innocence makes each eligible for $80,000 in compensation for every year they were wrongfully imprisoned.