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Last updated 1:43PM ET
July 23, 2018
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Chillicothe man charged of rape is set free
(WOUB) - A Chillicothe inmate is free after spending nearly 18 years in prison on a charge of raping a 10-year-old girl.

A judge ordered the release of 52-year-old Robert McClendon after a lab re-examining cases across Ohio showed that his DNA profile didn't match evidence from the crime scene.

A lawyer with the Ohio Innocence Project says she expects prosecutors to formally drop charges against McClendon within the
next two weeks.

McClendon denied raping the girl but was convicted in 1991 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

In 2007, he was denied parole.

After his release yesterday, he said he never gave up hope.

He says he wants to get a good job, maybe start a business, and if needed speak publicly on DNA testing.
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