RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With his accuser sentenced for perjury, a Virginia man who was imprisoned on false sexual assault charges now wants his name cleared.
Attorneys for Johnathan Montgomery and the attorney general's office are asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to speed consideration of his petition for a writ of actual innocence.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the petition was filed Wednesday in Richmond.
Monday, Elizabeth Paige Coast was sentenced to two months in jail for fabricating a sexual assault that led to Montgomery's conviction and 7 ½-year prison term. The two had been neighbors in Hampton.
Montgomery served four years in prison before Coast admitted her lie. He was released last year.
Montgomery was freed from prison on a conditional pardon from the governor. His writ of actual innocence has been on hold at the Virginia Court of Appeals while Coast's case was pending.
Besides the jail term, Coast was also ordered by a judge in Hampton to make $90,000 restitution to Montgomery.
Coast said she made the story up when she was 17 after her parents caught her looking up adult material on the Internet. The lie snowballed and she said she feared admitting she lied even after Montgomery was sent to prison.
Coast had claimed that Montgomery molested her in 2000 when he was 14 and she was 10.
Coast pleaded guilty to perjury in May.
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