The Wrong Man


New York City police dragged Francis Evelyn in handcuffs out of the school were he had served as a custodian for nearly 20 years. An 8-year-old girl had accused him of repeatedly molesting her over a period of weeks. Authorities paraded Evelyn before TV cameras and threw him into jail, where he says he was forced to wear only an adult diaper and was threatened by other inmates. Then, just days later, prosecutors asked a night judge to drop the charges against him. It seems the girl showed no physical signs of being molested. Oh, and she originally said the man who molested her was white. Evelyn is black. Evelyn, who is suing the city, also says that when he was released from jail, corrections officials refused to return the $84 that was in his pockets when he was booked.