George Perrot was convicted of raping a 78-year-old woman in 1985 based in part on one strand of hair. Perrot had a beard, and the victim described her attacker as a man without any facial hair.
Prosecutors dismissed charges against a Massachusetts man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction even though the victim described her attacker as a man without any facial hair and he had a beard, the Associated Press reports. George Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop in her Springfield home in 1985 based in part on one strand of hair. He was freed last year after a judge found an FBI agent’s testimony about microscopic hair evidence was flawed and granted him a new trial.
Perrot said he is now “truly free.” The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University in Waltham has been investigating his case since 2011. Perrot said he is “truly free,” adding that, “This exoneration was hard fought and there were many times over the 30 years that I felt I would die as a convicted man.” The judge who released Perrot in February 2016 said he is “reasonably sure” that the man didn’t rape Prekop.