Early probation request for Fells Acres convict nixed by judge
LOWELL, Mass. -- A judge has denied a request by a convict in the controversial Fells Acres child sex abuse case to have her probation terminated early.
Cheryl Amirault LeFave was released from prison in 1999 in exchange for 10 years probation.
But LeFave asked Lowell Superior Court Judge Paul Chertoff to end the probation so she could seek a job promotion that requires out of state travel.
Chertoff said ending the probation early would violate the spirit of the plea deal.
LeFave, her brother and mother were convicted of child sex abuse in the 1980s case at the Fells Acres day care center in Malden.
The trio maintained their innocence, and prosecutors were widely attacked for allegedly using suggestive interviewing techniques on young children that tainted the testimony in the case.
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