Case tried by Brian McCallister, TLC 1995

By Donald Bradley
The Kansas City Star
Ted White stood Friday beneath a crystal chandelier in the ballroom of a posh Plaza hotel.

He had just received a $15.5 million court settlement. But he talked mostly about what he had lost.

“I want to tell all of my children that the door is now open to come back through to see me again,” White said, fighting back tears.

His victory cost him so much.

He is the former Lee’s Summit businessman who spent five years in prison for child sexual abuse before being exonerated when a later jury determined that the police detective who investigated the case had conspired with White’s wife to manipulate evidence to get him convicted.

The two had been carrying on an affair.

The 13-year ordeal — which saw four trials, an escape to Costa Rica, a missing diary and a late-night visit by Secret Santa — finally ended Friday with Lee’s Summit agreeing to pay White the settlement.

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