Greg Kelley, a former Texas high school gamer who was wrongly convicted of sexually abusing a four-year-old child three years ago, said he was labeled a "monster" during his ordeal.
"I was being referred to as a monster and you would see one of two people I interacted with on a daily basis talked terribly about me," said Kelley, speaking out in a new interview.
“Now that I was exonerated, people's eyes opened to not just following the allegations and reports on the news. A lot of people have said that they are sorry and that they are so happy for me, ”Kelley said.
"It feels good to hear that because it opened a lot of people's eyes not to be so judgmental."
Greg Kelley, a former Texas high school player who was wrongly convicted of sexually abusing a 4-year-old child three years ago, said he was referred to as a "monster" during his ordeal. Kelley is pictured with his mother Rosa after his conviction was overturned in November.
"I was referred to as a monster, and you would see one of two people I interacted with on a daily basis talked terribly about me," said Kelley, who played high school football at Leander 25 miles north of Austin and was going to jail for at least 25 years after being found guilty
Kelley, who played high school soccer in Leander, 25 miles north of Austin and was sentenced to at least 25 years in jail after convicted of two serious sexual assaults against the young victim in April 2017, told the DailyBeast Sunday.
The ordeal he described is featured in Outcry, a five-part documentary by filmmaker Pat Kondelis that aired on Showtime last month. Kondelis spent more than two years following Kelley's story, even when his beliefs were overturned due to actual innocence.
The documentary maker was based in Williamson County, Texas, where the allegations were made against Kelley, and was approached by a friend to investigate the case. Kelley also hired a new lawyer, Keith Hampton, with funding from a local activist, Jake Brydon.
It was a Hamptons Habeas Corpus letter that revealed new evidence leading to Kelley's exoneration.
"I'm so grateful because I didn't want a documentary to be made about me back then – I needed one," said Kelley after Kondelis accepted the job.
“I didn't know if the CCA, the appeals court, or anyone else handling my case would do the wrong thing again and send me back. Just in case they wanted to do something bad, we had this to show the world and say, hey, our system is really messed up. & # 39;
Kelley, who accepted a 25-year prison term after his conviction in order to avoid life in prison, was arrested on August 9, 2013, initially for abusing the victim. Kelley was 18 years old at the time.
While accepting a 25-year sentence to avoid life in prison, the work of a new attorney gave Kelley a second chance to break his conviction (pictured) after he was arrested on August 9, 2013 for molesting the victim
Authorities said the victim said Kelley had twice put "his piss-piss" in her mouth at a daycare run by the mother of one of his friends, Jonathan McCarty.
Shama McCarty was also a booster for Leanders Lions, the local soccer team that can draw 10,000 spectators per game on a Friday night, DailyBeast reported.
Shama allowed Kelley to stay with her family at Cedar Rapids after his mother developed a brain tumor. Kelley's father had already suffered a debilitating stroke.
After the first victim, a second child came forward, who, according to police, made the same claim. At this point, Shama encouraged Kelley's family to hire defense attorney Patricia Cummings.
“When I got Patricia I thought, OK, we're going to find out the truth and I'll be playing soccer again. But the way she handled the case was completely backward, ”Kelley said.
There was also evidence of Johnathan, who also resembles Kelley, as a possible suspect during the case, DailyBeast reported.
Clues had also surfaced during the case pointing to Johnathan (right) as a possible suspect, who is also similar to Kelley (left).
Hampton later appeared in court after Kelley was convinced he did not live in the house where the abuse took place and was helping his brother move when the child became a victim.
Jonathan also owned a SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas that the first victim allegedly wore by his attacker. In addition, Johnathan's bedroom had a couch, cot, and trophies as described by the same child.
It was also found that the police had "withdrawn". the suspected date of the attack when the soccer star was staying at the McCarty home.
Further results submitted by Hampton indicated that child pornography was found on Johnathan's cell phone and computer. that he was accused of raping and drugging four women while Kelley was in prison; and two witnesses claimed they heard Johnathan confess to molesting the victim.
Johnathan was in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. He currently works for a landscaping company in Texas, Screenrant reported.
Kelley said he couldn't believe what was revealed about Johnathan, DailyBeast reported.
"He was like my younger brother, but man, it's like I didn't know this guy at all," Kelley said.
"I think Jonathan did it," Kelley said. “It was very difficult for me to accept at first, but over time and the investigation that should have taken place, stones were turned over and evidence brought to light that should have come to light. & # 39;
“I think Jonathan has a lot of questions to answer and the way things went was absolutely sketchy for him. I want him to come up front and tell the full story, ”Kelley added.
"It's not just about wrongly judging someone – it's about the other victims," added Kelley. "When I heard that he killed more people than I went to jail, I am really disgusted with the whole system and the whole business."
Kelley is now married to high school sweetheart Gaebri Anderson, who stood by him during the allegations for which he was exonerated. She was 17 years old when her current husband was sentenced.
She told the New York Post, "It was crazy."
"I've had friends since I was a baby who said, 'I can't believe you're holding onto him," she explained.
"From the first day in my heart, I knew he wasn't."
Check out Outcry at Showtime or Stan in Australia.
Kelley is now married to high school sweetheart Gaebri Anderson (pictured), who stood by him during the allegations for which he was exonerated. She was 17 years old when her current husband was sentenced
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