Never talk to the police without a lawyer.

An innocent man has told of a five-month nightmare which 'destroyed my life' after being wrongly accused of being a serial sex attacker.

William Giraldo was threatened with deportation and thrown in the notorious Rikers Island prison in New York when he was mistaken for the 'Brooklyn Groper'.

He was picked out of a lineup, arraigned on his wedding day and spent a month in jail until DNA evidence cleared him.

Police thought Mr Giraldo was responsible for not only that crime but three other incidents and circulated his picture to the media.

Mr Giraldo handed himself in to clear his name - but got caught up in his own personal hell.

Thinking it would be over quickly, he did not call a lawyer and to his surprise was taken to the special victims unit, which deals with sex crimes, where detectives spent hours questioning him.

Mr Giraldo told the New York Daily News: 'I don't have anything to hide, so why not go over there and clear my name. I told them I have nothing do to with this.

'Detectives were telling me to confess to something I didn't do, saying it would be easier for me, they would reduce my sentence.'

Never talk to the police without a lawyer, even if you're completely innocent or "not a suspect".

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(HT: The Agitator.)

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