Johnny Williams Exonerated: DNA clears Calif. man of child sex assault 14 years later

After being convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in 1998, Johnny Williams, of Oakland, Calif., was exonerated after new DNA evidence was found.
Northern Calif. Innocence Project via CBS San Francisco

(CBS/AP) OAKLAND, Calif. - Johnny Williams, an Oakland, Calif. man who spent 14 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, has had his conviction overturned based on new DNA evidence, CBS San Francisco reports.

The Northern California Innocence Project announced Monday that an Alameda County judge and county prosecutors agreed Friday to find the 38-year-old Williams innocent in the 1998 case involving a child who was assaulted. Williams knew the girl's family and she identified him as her attacker.

The new evidence was uncovered by the Innocence Project, a legal aid clinic based at Santa Clara University's law school.

The clinic had the girl's T-shirt tested and found enough DNA to show that it could not have come from Williams, the station reports.

Williams has been out of prison since January. The voiding of his conviction means he will not have to complete parole.