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Texas prosecutor finds ex-day care owners innocent of abuse

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas prosecutor is seeking a 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. They divorced 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.

In joint reporting by the Austin American Statesman and KVUE-TV, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said she’ll file court documents Tuesday absolving the Kellers of any crimes.

Moore’s determination of outright innocence makes each eligible for $80,000 in compensation for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned.

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