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Wrongly jailed man seeks $46K in compensation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man whose conviction for soliciting a prostitute was overturned is asking the state to pay him $46,000.

David R. Turnpaugh was convicted in 2006 of soliciting an undercover police officer for sex. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He spent three days behind bars and 57 days on electronic monitoring.

His conviction was overturned in 2007 because he offered money not for intercourse but just to watch the undercover officer perform a sex act. After the reversal Turnpaugh asked the state Claims Board for nearly $18,700 in compensation.

The board argued that Turnpaugh may have been innocent but his actions contributed to his conviction. A judge criticized that logic.

According to a board agenda released Friday, Turnpaugh is now seeking $46,000. His hearing will be Sept. 11.

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