A former Orlando police officer found not guilty of rape wants his reputation back.
A lawyer for Roderick Johnson held a news conference late Thursday afternoon to set the record straight. He said his client is not ready to face the media yet and remains very emotional following his acquittal.
Attorney Robert Nesmith made it clear that Johnson was always an innocent man, even sharing with the media a DNA lab report. He said this trial should have never taken place.
"At the end of the trial, I was angry, frustrated that an office that is supposed to stand for justice would do anything in its power to ensure that an innocent man may be put in prison," said Nesmith.
The defense attorney said several things went wrong during the trail.
"It is wrong for anyone, a man or woman, to be raped," he said. "However, it is equally wrong or made worse if someone is wrongly accused."
Johnson was accused of raping a woman he arrested last year while on duty in October of 2012. Nesmith says the state had evidence that the sex between Johnson and the woman was consensual.
"They knew all these facts, they knew they could not prove that this was done without her consent and they went fourth anyway. This was not a good faith prosecution," said Nesmith.
Even with a not guilty verdict, Nesmith says Johnson still lost.
"It placed a lot of stress on the marriage. I do believe they will succeed going fourth. He's a very spiritual and religious man and I think he will hold on to his faith."
Johnson's lawyer says there may be some further legal action against some departments. He didn't give out too many details but says we will know "soon."