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EXCLUSIVE: Convicted rapist Ricky Watson gets another shot at justice

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Convicted rapist Ricky Watson sat down with 19 Action News reporter Scott Taylor Friday, in an exclusive jail house interview. The interview took place just days after a judge granted Watson a new trial in Cleveland.

On Tuesday his 14 year old step daughter testified -- "Daddy didn't rape me when I was 8 years old."

"Did you rape your step daughter when she was 8 years old," asked Reporter Scott Taylor.

"No. Never. I did everything to protect her," replied Ricky Watson.

After months in jail Watson wrote a letter to his wife from prison saying he was innocent.

She contacted 19 Action News and then her daughter, who is now 14, wrote a letter to Scott Taylor.

Taylor sat down with Ricky and showed him what he received.

"This is the letter she wrote to me. It says the things you may have heard is not true. Ricky Watson never touched me in no type of way. I love my Daddy. When you see that for the first time how do you feel," Scott asked Ricky.

"I believe it," said Ricky.

Gary Macon, a family friend is also locked up. He was convicted of raping the girl who never changed her story.

Watson was convicted last year based on the eight year old's testimony. No DNA and not even a shred of physical evidence.

"I am sitting in here for something that never happened. Why would I not want to let the world know that people are being put in prison for something they didn't do," said Watson.

No bond has been set for Watson so he continues to sit in jail this weekend, waiting for a date for his new trial.

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