Bernard Baran

 

 

 

Age: 49

 

Summary: exonerated teacher's aide at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts who was wrongfully convicted in the day care sex abuse hysteria of the 1980's and 1990's that was spawned by the McMartin preschool trial, whose case garnered little national press coverage unlike other day care cases and spanned almost 25 years from his arrest in October 1984 until all charges were dropped in 2009, but who maintained his innocence throughout his case making him ineligible for parole after he was accused, tried and convicted within a three-month period and sentenced to three life sentences in January 1985, in which the Massachusetts Appeals Court vacated the convictions in 2009 deeming the case "notorious" and citing the behavior of the original prosecutor as "troubling" while the Baran case is notable amongst the day-care cases for the level of homophobia present in the court record of prosecution along with its importance as the first successful conviction and became the subject of the documentary film Freeing Bernie Baran.

 

 

Cause of Death: Apparent heart attack or stroke

 

Born: May 25, 1965

 

Died: September 1, 2014

 

Location: Fitchburg, Massachusetts