Columbia County man cleared in child sex case

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 12, 2012 10:17 AM
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(Bloomsburg) -- A central Pennsylvania man who spent more than a year behind bars awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges is free after being acquitted by a judge who cited numerous problems with prosecutors' case.

Columbia County President Judge Thomas James Jr. has cleared 28-year-old Daniel Galindo of all charges, saying "it isn't even close."

Galindo was charged last summer with abusing two children, now ages 9 and 11, at his former girlfriend's Berwick home. He was jailed 16 months unable to make bail.

Police say the woman blamed Galindo after the children told their mother she'd instructed them to have sexual contact. But, one of the children told the court Galindo wasn't present.

Galindo's ex also faces charges of indecent assault and sexual exploitation of children.

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