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The Friedman case: Who's who

Arnold Friedman

Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 to 30 years. Died of an apparent suicide in 1995 after serving 8 years in state prison. He had first caught the eye of authorities after customs officials intercepted child pornography that had been addressed to him at his Great Neck home.

Jesse Friedman

Served 13 years in prison out of a term of 6 to 18 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges in 1988. He was released in 2003 to serve the remainder of his term on strict parole conditions as a Level 3 violent sex offender. His case caught the attention of filmmaker Andrew Jarecki some time in 2000 and became the focus of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Capturing the Friedmans." Now 44, he is married to Lisabeth Walsh, a cosmetologist, and lives in Bridgeport, Conn. He worked as an electrician's assistant while on parole and later began a small online book store, according to a bio on his website.

Ross Goldstein

An 18-year-old friend of Jesse Friedman. He pleaded guilty to participating in the sex abuse of the boys and received a sentence of 2 to 6 years in exchange for his cooperation. He has not given interviews on the case, but he too has recanted his 1998 admissions and guilty plea, according to the district attorney's report released Monday.

Andrew Jarecki

Has continued to stand by his documentary "Capturing the Friedmans" and has supported Jesse Friedman's public campaign seeking exoneration, while also backing the effort to get redress for him before the courts. Jarecki, a 1985 graduate of Princeton University, had already had a successful run as an entrepreneur, co-founding the movie listings company Moviefone before he turned to filmmaking. "Capturing the Friedmans" was his first full-length documentary. He has continued to produce and direct films, including "All Good Things," a 2010 fictional narrative inspired by the life of accused murderer Robert Durst. Jarecki lives in New York City.

Abbey Boklan

The Nassau County Court judge who heard the original Friedman case and was recently retired when she was featured in Jarecki's documentary. Boklan, a former sex crimes prosecutor in Nassau County, contended that the film and Friedman's claims of innocence were unfair to the victims and ultimately misrepresented what took place during the investigation and court proceedings. Boklan, a resident of Roslyn, died in November at age 73.

Fran Galasso

The retired detective sergeant who was in charge of the police investigation of the Friedmans' case. She has fiercely defended her work and that of other detectives working under her supervision in the case, saying the department acted quickly when there was suspicion of sexual abuse affecting children, but that the charges were based on testimony from victims who clearly remembered what had taken place. She is 67 and lives in East Norwich.


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