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Frank Sterling Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Abuse Following His Release From Prison

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The Rochester man who served 19 years in prison for killing a Hilton woman, and was later cleared through DNA evidence, is now facing a civil lawsuit from the family of a boy he admitted to having sexual contact with.

The lawsuit states Frank Sterling pleaded guilty in August to sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for having contact with a boy under the age of 14.

The lawsuit states Sterling assaulted and raped the boy by rubbing his body and touching his private parts. The lawsuit states it happened 10 times during the summer of 2010 while the two were on fishing trips.

Sterling was released from prison in April of 2010 after DNA testing proved he did not kill Viola Manville in 1988. Mark Christie later confessed to killing Manville.

The lawsuit states the boy's family is asking for $250,000 in punitive damages.

YNN has reached out to Sterling's attorney for comment.

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