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VANCOUVER, Wash. — A former Vancouver police officer has agreed to a $6 million settlement after he spent nearly 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction of sexually abusing three children in 1980s.

Clyde Ray Spencer will receive more than $5 million from Clark County and the Washington Counties Risk Pool will pay the rest.

Spencer, who now lives in California, was convicted in 1985 and was sentenced to two life terms. His sentence was commuted in 2004, and the conviction was later vacated.

Spencer told The Columbian that it’s not that big of a settlement considering the amount of time he was imprisoned, but “it’s nice it’s going to be settled.”

Clark County prosecutor Chris Horne says there is still disagreement but the settlement was in the best interest of all.

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