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13 June, 1994, San Jose Mercury News

BACKLASH BUILDS OVER ABUSE CLAIMS: THE PUBLIC IS NO LONGER BUYING RITUAL CASES.

Monday, June 13, 1994
Section: California News
Page: 3B
Dateline: San Diego

by: LAURA MECOY, McClatchy News Service

Dale Akiki's eyes bulge from a head that is too large for his body. His hair is a woolly mat, his chest is concave and he walks with a limp.

His attorneys and he say his appearance and his limited intellectual abilities, both the result of genetic defects, triggered parental fears that led to dozens of children claiming Akiki sexually molested them and forced them to participate in bizarre rituals during Sunday school classes.

But the disabilities also turned this 36-year-old naval supply worker's case into a "cause celebre" when -- after more than two years in jail and seven months in trial -- a jury quickly acquitted Akiki of 35 abuse charges.

The jury, and a grand jury's harsh criticism of Akiki's prosecution, helped topple California's longest-serving district attorney, San Diego's Ed Miller, in Tuesday's elections.

The veteran prosecutor's defeat is seen as the latest sign that a backlash is brewing against the numerous ritual child-abuse cases that sprang up after the public first heard of satanic rituals at Manhattan Beach's McMartin Preschool in 1984.