Innocent man fighting to restore reputation

Innocent man fighting to restore reputation

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - He was acquitted of charges but Jonathan Fink feels like a guilty man.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A Salt Lake City man is waiting to be cleared of his sex crimes charges.

Jonathan Fink was in jail for eleven months while he waited trial for aggravated sex abuse of a child.

Police claimed that Fink put his hands down the back of a girl’s swimsuit and touched her “bottom”.

“We had a case and it’s laid out in the probable cause statement,” said Blake Nakamura, Chief Deputy District Attorney.

However, a jury acquitted Jonathan Fink of the charges in May.

Fink, who has a law degree, insisted that the six-year-old girl's story did not hold up.

“The testimony she gave in the probable cause statement was very vague and it was equally vague at the trial,” he said.

Prosecutors say they had other witnesses at the pool besides the girl.

“There was nothing that occurred in the presentation of the evidence at trial that would have caused us even with the benefit of hindsight to not have charged him originally. We stand by the charges," Nakamura said.

Though Fink is free for now, he said he still carries the burden of a guilty man.

“I believe it’s ruined my career in Salt Lake City,” Fink added. “I know some people look at me as being guilty because they've been very aloof and unwilling to deal with me."

Fink is determined to fight back. He has filed a complaint with the U.S. Attorney against the prosecutor and detective for civil rights violations.
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