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Milwaukee man asks state for $46K after prostitution charges overturned

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man who had a charge of soliticing a prostitute conviction overturned is asking the State Claims Board for $46,000 in compensation.

David Turnpaugh, who’s now 51, was found guilty in 2006 of soliciting a person for sex who happened to be an undercover police officer. He spent three days in jail, and 57 days under electronic monitoring.

In 2007, his conviction was overturned after a court found that he offered money to the police officer not for sexual contact – but to watch the officer perform a sex act.

After his conviction was overturned, he asked the Claims Board for almost $19,000 – and the panel turned him down.

Members said Turnpaugh might have been innocent, but his actions still helped convict him in the first place. A judge later criticized that logic. In May, an appeals court said Turnpaugh could seek reimbursement from the state.

Turnpaugh is now back before the Claims Board, which will hold a hearing in his case on September 11th.