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Former Ontario man cleared after more than a decade under a legal cloud

Earl Bain of Idaho poses with daughters Joanna (left) and Bailey. Bain recently was pardoned by Gov. Kate Brown after authorities concluded he was innocent of a 2009 criminal charge. (Oregon Independence Project photo)

VALE - In June 2009, a state judge sent Earl Bain to prison for more than six years for a crime he didn’t commit.

Bain, who then lived in Ontario, had insisted he was innocent. At his two-day trial in Malheur County Circuit Court in Vale, Bain told jurors he never sexually abused a 7-year-old girl as charged.

The jury nonetheless convicted him.

Bain never let loose of his claim of innocence.

He maintained it in the years he was an inmate at two Oregon state prisons.

He maintained it in one legal appeal . . .