By Sarah Barchus
Hennepin County prosecutors dropped molestation charges against Wayzata businessman William Franklin Wanner after a child refused to testify, the Pioneer Press reported.
In Dec. 2010, a woman said she saw Wanner molest a then 10-year-old girl at the Minneapolis club pool, the Pioneer Press reported. Wanner was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Jan. 2010, the Star Tribune reported.
The girl's attorney said Friday that the girl signed an affidavit denying that she was sexually abused, the Pioneer Press reported.
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Darren Borg said that without the girl's testimony, there is not enough evidence to convict Wanner, the Star Tribune reported.
Borg said the court could order the girl to testify, but decided it was against the best interest of the child, the Pioneer Press reported.
The appellate court said in an Oct. 2011 opinion that they supported the trial court's decision to not admit earlier interviews with the girl because the police asked her "leading and arguably combative questions," the Pioneer Press reported.
Wanner has been free on a $500,000 bail since he was charged. He said that during that time his business, Wanner Industries, almost went under. He said he is angry he had to wait for three years, the Star Tribune reported.
"None of it needed to happen," he said. "Not from the beginning," the Star Tribune reported.