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