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Longview Man Cleared Of Sexual Assault

An East Texas man is free, after spending nine months in the Gregg County Jail on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. DNA cleared him of the assault, though, police still say he's a suspect in the woman's abduction.

"You're not innocent, you're guilty until proven innocent," says 21 year old Russell McCurry of Longview.

"I spent 9 months of my life for a crime I didn't commit," he says.

Last November, police arrested McCurry abducting and sexually assaulting a woman from a White Oak restaurant where he was working as a painter. The woman picked him out of a line-up. He couldn't make the 40-thousand dollar bond, so he remained in jail. But he passed a polygraph test and DNA showed he was not the attacker. He says that time behind bars cost him.

"There's really nothing that can give you 9 months of your life back. I just lost all kinds of stuff from business to reputation and name".

But investigators are quick to say they have not ruled McCurry out as a suspect in the case.

"Our investigation is still pending at this time, because of his release that does not mean he's exonerated of the charges at this time," said White Oak police chief Charlie Smith.

For McCurry, he just wants a second chance to get back what this has cost him.

"I just hope I can get my life back. But it's going to take a long time. The situation is blown out of proportion," McCurry says.

Investigators say they're still looking for suspects in the case.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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