Convicted Molester, Psychic Faces New Trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for a former television psychic and self-proclaimed karate expert who is being kept in a California state mental hospital after serving 17 years in prison for a molestation conviction.

A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court trial to determine whether 54-year-old James Hydrick can still be held ended in a hung jury last month.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports a new trial is set to begin Oct. 21.

Hydrick appeared in 1980s television shows like "That's Incredible" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not."

But he went to prison in 1989, convicted of molesting six Orange County boys.

He's served his sentence but has been detained at Atascadero State Hospital under state sexual predator law.

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