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Ex-cop exonerated after nearly 20 years in prison awarded $9 million

By Kimberly Eiten

TACOMA (KPTV) — He went from a Vancouver, Wash., police officer to prisoner, and now millionaire. In 2009, the court ruled Ray Spencer was innocent of the crime that put him behind bars for nearly 20 years. Then, Monday afternoon, it awarded him with $9 million.

“There’s no amount of money you could have given me to compensate for losing my children for all those years,” Spencer said.

gavelHe can’t help looking back after a jury put a price tag on two decades of his pain and suffering as an innocent man behind bars.

He was convicted in 1985 of molesting his own kids. He didn’t think he would survive the jail time.

“The first day that I was being taken into reception, there was a guard that had a hold of my arm and he could see my arm shaking,” Spencer said. “He said, ‘You’ll be all right.’ I said, ‘I was a cop.’ He said, ‘You won’t live six months.'”

Later, his kids helped free their father, claiming police coerced them into accusing him in the first place.

“I remember being rewarded for things they wanted me to say,” his daughter, Katie Tetz, said in a 2010 interview with FOX 12 in Portland.

Spencer says that wasn’t the only hole in the case against him. He claims the detective in charge was having an affair with his wife and that medical exams were hidden.

“I had to question my own sanity,” he said.

In 2009, a court agreed with him and overturned his convictions.

Now, with the latest ruling, he wants to make up for lost time with his kids and grandchildren by setting up college funds. And he plans to spend some of the money with his wife.

“She needs to never have to want for anything again,” he said. “That’s going to be my goal, is to give her anything she wants to make her happy.”

As for those who helped put him behind bars, Spencer wants them to face consequences as well. He hopes there will be a federal prosecutor appointed to look into corruption in his case.

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  • JPJP

    Um…..he is sharing the money with his wife…..who was having an affair……….with the guy that put him in jail…….w.t.f.??? am I missing something here??

    • guest

      He's most likely talking about his second wife whom he married a little bit before he was accused. He does not have kids with his second wife ( except her child from a previous relationship).

  • JohnGilday

    LOL, you used 'innocent' and 'cop' in the same headline…

    A piece of garbage cop in Kirkland falsified a police report and taught a 'victim' to perjure herself and took 14 years of comfort from me and a 6 year old girl lost her life.

    I can ruin his life to balance things, but how does Maria Calderon get her life back??

    • Guest

      You're a piece of garbage, and if there weren't any cops around, I can guarantee that you would wish there were. How many times have you been arrested?

  • Gordgray

    So we should just get rid of all police officers put the U.S.A under the military rule as in russia, that way you lose your rights and have to carry a passport.

    Some people live in a world of there own and have not a clue to bad.

  • The World is Ending

    Every cop that convinced the kids to lie should also be put in prison for 20 years along with ever other court official who was involved in the lie.