Former Karate Teacher Tries to Get Life Back After Acquittal

A former karate instructor accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been found not guilty. Wayne Lacno has been out of jail for less than a week, found not guilty of all of the charges he was facing.

While he is excited for his new found freedom, it's going to be a tough road to get back to where he was at before the charges were brought up against him.

"They didn't even have not guilty on this paper. They had to draw a box and write in the words not guilty on the paper."

It's more than just a piece of paper. It was Wayne Lacno's ticket to freedom. Friday, the one time karate instructor was found not guilty of several charges, including sexual assault of a minor.

"It's like shock and awe -- from the beginning it was shock. And now it's awe, really bad," he said.

He moved to Las Vegas from Hawaii 10 years ago to open up a karate school  in a shopping center. The same place where he was accused of harming a child.

"I've trained children for 30 years. Parents always said the only one to protect our children is Wayne. I love kids, that's what I was here for. If I could turn over a leaf for one child, I'm happy."

Even though found not guilty, he says his life is ruined.

"My job told me that don't want me back. I didn't even want to show my face at my job because it's embarrassing. It'll still be in their minds, child molester, child molester."

Today he is in the process of starting his life over, after being freed from jail for the first time in more than 10 months.

"When you come to this point, you don't know how to feel. I don't believe it yet. I don't believe that I'm outside."

The company he was working for before his arrest will not hire him back. He lost his karate school, and now just looking to make a living. The only way he can get this account off his record is if the governor exonerates him, even though he was found not guilty.

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