An Illinois decide is going through warmth for reversing an 18-year-old man’s sexual assault conviction on the teen’s sentencing final week – saying the 148 days he spent in jail since his arrest was sufficient, reviews stated.
Adams County Decide Robert Adrian issued the beautiful reversal final Monday after discovering Drew Clinton responsible of 1 depend of legal sexual assault at an October bench trial, the Herald-Whig reported.
“Mr. Clinton has served nearly 5 months within the county jail, 148 days,” Adrian stated, in line with a court docket transcript obtained by the newspaper.
“For what occurred on this case, that’s loads of punishment. That will be a simply sentence.”
Clinton was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old woman at a commencement get together final Could.
He had confronted a compulsory minimal sentence of 4 years. Adrian’s resolution got here after Clinton’s attorneys filed two post-trial motions and the decide dominated prosecutors did not show their case, the newspaper reported.
Following Adrian’s ruling, the distraught sufferer went public together with her story – recounting the sexual assault to reporters and detailing her emotional response when she discovered Adrian was let out.
“I awakened at my good friend’s place with a pillow over my face so I couldn’t be heard and Drew Clinton within me,” stated Cameron Vaughan, WGEM reported.
“I requested him to cease a number of occasions and he wouldn’t. I lastly acquired off the sofa and pushed him off of me and he jumped up and simply began taking part in video video games as if nothing had occurred,” she stated.
Vaughan stated she “instantly” left the courtroom and cried within the lavatory after studying Clinton’s conviction was tossed.
The Quincy Space Community In opposition to Home Abuse on Tuesday blasted the decide’s resolution.
“The decision and Adrian’s feedback ship a chilling message to different rape victims that their conduct, not the rapists’, might be judged,” the group stated in an announcement to WGEM.
“Disgrace the victims, free the rapists. This judgment reinforces the truth that requirements for girls have at all times been impossibly excessive whereas they’re impossibly low for males.”
Vaughan’s father described his daughter’s devastation in an interview with the Herald-Whig.
“It’s worse now than it was [before], as a result of not solely does she not have her justice, however now she looks like she spoke up for nothing, and you understand that hurts,” the daddy instructed the newspaper.
“Now she needs she wouldn’t have even stated something.”