Edward Clayton Taylor spent 33 years in prison and 36 years believed to be a child rapist after he was convicted of raping 4-year-old Stephanie McIntyre Love in 1986.
Taylor, now 57, always maintained his innocent, even pointing out that at the time he had a 4-year-old daughter and would never do such a thing. His innocence didn’t matter, and he was convicted of child rape. The Florida parole board granted him in 2019, but a judge on Friday vacated his conviction, finally removing him from Florida’s sex offender registry.
“I want to relax. I want to breathe air as a free man,” Taylor told reporters after his conviction was overturned.
Love’s rape was only discovered after she told her mother that “her butt was sore,” and a doctor examination determined she had gonorrhea.
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