Jack Ray Broam

In 1990, the 9-year-old son of Jack Broam accused Broam and his co-worker, Jay Manning, of sexual abuse. During trial, the son testified that the two molested him 50 times in one night, with the help of prostitutes, and during a satanic ritual. 
 
A jury convicted the two of sexually assaulting Broam’s son, and they were sentenced to life in prison. 
 
In 1998, Broam’s son–by then 17 years old–recanted his testimony and said that the abuse had never happened. He said that his mother, who had divorced Broam shortly before the accusations surfaced, had locked him up and starved him until he testified against Broam and Manning. 
 
In 1998, a Churchill County District Court judge, after hearing the son’s recantation, granted the men’s petitions for habeas corpus, and the district attorney dismissed the charges.
 
– Stephanie Denzel

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Nevada
County:Churchill
Most Serious Crime:Child Sex Abuse
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1990
Convicted:1990
Exonerated:1998
Sentence:Life
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age:29
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No