Law: Sexual Abuse or Abuse of Justice?

Sometimes the accused child molester may be the victim

The world fell in for Lawrence Spiegel in December 1983. After a bitter divorce and custody fight, Spiegel was arrested on a complaint by his ex-wife and charged with the sexual abuse of his daughter Jessica, 2 1/2. There followed a two-year ordeal during which Spiegel, a psychologist from Flanders, N.J., lost most of his practice, built up legal bills of $70,000 and worst of all, he says, was denied contact with his little girl. "I wanted to kill myself," Spiegel recalls.

In 1986 he was acquitted of the abuse charges, and today he has joint legal custody of his daughter....

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