An Idaho Springs man has been contacting anyone in law enforcement or with legal authority for years as he tries to clear his record for a crime he never committed. It is an offense tainting his name that he believes has cost him jobs, but the case was completely dropped.
The crime: “ritual mutilation.”
But that’s not really what Lenny Haglund was arrested for. According to CBS4, a missing decimal on his record has changed his life forever.
CBS reports Haglund says he’s in a Catch-22 situation. “I can’t expunge a charge I was never arrested for,” he told the station.
According to CBS, in 1995 Haglund was arrested in Buffalo Grove, Ill., for domestic battery charges, which were later dropped. A domestic battery charge should appear on a record as 5/12-3.2. What is really on Haglund’s record is 5/12-32 — ritual mutilation, which is described as any sort of bodily harm inflicted on a person as part of a ceremony.
CBS reports that Haglund is currently unemployed but was hired by the Idaho Springs Police Department after a thorough investigation into his past.
Watch CBS’ full report on Haglund’s efforts to clear his name:
Police Sgt. Jim Vogt told CBS4 that Haglund’s frustration about the situation is “understandable.”