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Woonsocket Cook, Sex Offender in Line for $215K Payday

Charles Holmes claimed he was wrongly imprisoned for seven years.

Woonsocket Cook, Sex Offender in Line for $215K Payday
A Rhode Island man is set to receive a $215,200 compensation package from the state of California after he claimed he was wrongly imprisoned for seven years.

Charles Holmes, 50, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Providence in 1991. After serving his sentence, he was charged with failing to register as a sex offender in California and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Last year, state officials told him that he was actually not required to register, according to News10 in California. He was eligible to receive $100 for each day he was wrongly imprisoned—and a state hearing officer ruled he should receive a total of $215,200.

Robert Schlien, Holmes' lawyer, told News10 the money will help Holmes get his life back on track.

"For seven years he was ripped away from family and friends," Schlien said.

Holmes now works as a cook at a Woonsocket diner, News10 reported.

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