Decades Later, TX Couple Exonerated in Daycare Sex Case

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The district attorney in Austin, Tex., filed court documents Tuesday declaring that Fran and Dan Keller were innocent of one of Austin’s most notorious and lurid cases — the alleged sexual abuse of children in their South Austin day care center in 1991, reports the Austin American-Statesman. “It seems like we can breathe again,” Fran Keller said. “We can sleep again without nightmares. We can go out without having to worry about people recognizing us in the grocery store.”

The accusations against the couple made national news after three children accused them of participating in satanic rituals that included videotaped orgies, dismembered babies and tortured pets. No evidence of such activities was ever discovered. Two decades after the Kellers were convicted, the case against them collapsed when the only physical evidence of abuse was acknowledged as a mistake by the examining physician. They were freed in 2013 after serving more than 21 years in prison. A state appeals court overturned their convictions in 2015 but stopped short of declaring the couple innocent. On Tuesday, DA Margaret Moore filed a motion to dismiss their criminal case.

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