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May 23, 2012 6:23 PM by Steven Albritton

Couple Fights Back After Being Cleared of Child Sex Abuse

Barry and Marla Giglio are hoping to get part of their lives back. After being cleared of child sex abuse they have faced falling sales at their restaurant and even death threats. The couple is suing the Louisiana State Police, Child Protective Services, the foster family who adopted the three girls and a woman who led a boycott of the Pig Stand on Facebook.

The Giglio's were accused of abusing three girls in a camper along with 11 other people. A grand jury found that there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring them to trial. Barry believes that over the length of the case, the girls were coached on what to say and how to say it; and that the foster parents just wanted them out of the way so they could rightfully adopt them.

As of now the couple's restaurant, The Pig Stand, in Ville Plate has suffered. They lost their liquor license and have fallen behind in bills and loans.

"We are in the process of possibly closing our business. I've lost millions of dollars," Barry Giglio said.

The Giglio's lawyer, Chris Villamarette, believes that Child Protective Services are holding on to documents that would prove even more that his clients are innocent.

"We believe they are withholding those documents because they would implicate them (Child Protective Services) in the charges levied against Mr. and Mr.s Giglio," Villamarette said.

The Giglio's say they were never questioned or even told they were persons of interest. They were only arrested and thrown in jail.

The state police haven't received the lawsuit yet so they could not comment at this time.

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