Former police officer spends 21 years in prison for raping girl before she admitted to lying about it


Brian Franklin 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A police officer spent 21 years in prison over a lie made up by a young girl who was seeking attention.

Former police officer Brian Franklin, 56, was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 after a 13-year-old girl told police that he raped her.

The girl of Fort Worth, Texas, claimed that she was raped by the officer, who was a friend of her father.

Prosecutors went ahead with the case despite the fact that there was no DNA to confirm her claim. Franklin was convicted on the word of the 13-year-old girl.

Many years later, the alleged victim confided in her stepbrother and told him that she made up the story after she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather.

The stepbrother came forward and told prosecutors of the confession.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals approved a re-trial after ruling that Franklin did not receive a fair trial.

After spending 21 years in prison, Franklin, who maintained his innocence the entire time, was freed.

He will sue the state for wrongful conviction. The prosecutor's office did not say if the woman, who lied about the rape, will face any charges for perjury.