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Deemed a child rapist for decades, a Jacksonville man is absolved

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Dan Scanlan
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Florida Times-Union
Edward Clayton Taylor and Stephanie McIntyre Love embrace at Friday's court proceeding vacating Taylor's 1987 rape conviction. Love was a 4-year-old sexual assault victim who had mistakenly identified Taylor as her assailant.

He was convicted in the 1986 rape of a child, despite repeated protests that he had not touched the 4-year-old girl.

Edward Clayton Taylor spent the next 32 years in prison, his appeals all denied. Until now.

With the tap of a gavel, the Jacksonville man's criminal past was erased Friday morning, as well as his sexual offender status, after that now-grown little girl said she misidentified Taylor.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.