Man walks free 29 years after rape of stepdaughter, 6, who said he was innocent

A man who has been in prison for 29 years over the rape of his six-year-old stepdaughter walked free this week after it was decided he was wrongly convicted.

Patrick Brown, 49, was released from maximum security Louisiana State Penitentiary on Monday (May 8).

He was convicted of the horrifying crime in 1994. The victim pleaded his innocence for over 20 years.

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Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams admitted that "the evidence corroborated the victim's account", adding the conviction was based on the testimony of adults claiming "what they believed" the victim said.

The victim never testified.

According to, she said in court when her stepfather was released: "Thank you for listening, finally Thank you for hearing me… Thank you for helping our family heal. Thank you for giving me my dad back."

Brown's attorney Kelly Orians told the Daily Mail: "Patrick Brown's conviction should have been reconsidered more than 20 years ago, the first time the victim tried to bring to the State's attention that the wrong man was in prison.

"Ignoring her only compounded the trauma she has endured, and made the State a party to the infliction of that harm.

"I commend the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office for taking this young woman seriously, instead of following the same path as their predecessors and refusing to listen."

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The victim wrote more than 100 letters explaining her stepfather was not the man who raped her. Instead, she claimed it was another family member who even bragged about it at the time.

According to The Guardian, she was unable to testify at the original trial after her nose began to bleed when asked if she knew the consequences of lying to court.

On Monday, prosecutors described the hearsay evidence and medical evidence on which the conviction relied as "probative but not conclusive".

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,


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