Frank Sterling sued by family of boy he touched

Posted at: 11/14/2012 12:39 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 6:21 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

Frank Sterling, the man released from prison 18 years after he was wrongly convicted of murder, is now being sued by the family of a young boy who Sterling admitted he "endangered" on a boat.

In 2011, Sterling was charged with seven counts of sex abuse against a boy under 14 years of age. He pled guilty in August to endangering the welfare of a child.

The lawsuit by his victim's family was filed in the Monroe County Clerk's office last Friday.

It says Sterling "assaulted and raped" the boy by "rubbing his body and touching his private parts."

The lawsuit gets into graphic detail of what Sterling is accused of doing to the boy.

The lawsuit says the touching happened approximately ten times over the summer of 2010. The initial charges said the touching happened while Sterling took the boy on fishing trips.

The timing means the touching outlined in the lawsuit happened just weeks after Sterling was released from prison. Sterling served 18 years for the murder of Viola Manville. The conviction was overturned in April, 2010 after DNA testing proved Sterling wasn't the killer. Mark Christie, already in prison for the murder of Kali Poulton, then confessed to murdering Manville.

The lawsuit against Sterling asks for $250,000 to cover, in part, the medical expenses that the boy's family says they incurred because of the abuse.

The lawsuit says the boy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages.

Sterling is currently suing Monroe County, the Sheriff's office and the deputies who arrested him. His lawsuit seeks damages "in am amount to be determined at trial."