For more than 20 years, Troy Mansfield was branded a “registered sex offender,” a shameful asterisk by his name that followed him everywhere.
The father of two sons struggled to support his family from a cleaning business, purposely in his wife’s name, Amy Mansfield.
“We lived between $16,000 and $19,000 a year, for a family of four – so very tight and very hard – because I’m trying to make a living but everywhere we go we get the door slammed on it because of this,” Troy Mansfield said.
One of his worst days came when he was kicked out of his church. “They came in that Sunday they said, ‘We want y’all to get out. You haven’t done anything wrong, we don’t have a problem with you but public opinion is killing us in this church and you’ve got to leave,'” he said.
Years later, in his 21st year as a registered sex offender, current prosecutors agreed Troy Mansfield was a victim of a grave injustice. In January 2016, a judge overturned Troy Mansfield’s conviction, ruling prosecutors violated his Constitutional rights by not disclosing favorable evidence.
“Amy [Troy Mansfield’s wife] and I just wept like babies that day thinking, ‘Is this the beginning of the end of this nightmare that we’ve been through?'” Troy Mansfield said.
Today, Troy Mansfield is no longer a convicted felon – no longer on a list with rapists or child molesters.
Troy Mansfield now has a lawsuit against Williamson County, trying to right a wrong for two lost decades. “There is no amount of money that anybody could ever pay me to give me back the 23 years that were stolen and the embarrassment that my wife and children had to go through,” he said.