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Victim Stunned After Her Rapist Avoids Jail AGAIN: ‘It’s Like I’ve Been Punched in the Face Over and Over by This Judge’

Posted by on Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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Victim Stunned After Her Rapist Avoids Jail AGAIN: ‘It’s Like I’ve Been Punched in the Face Over and Over by This Judge’

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Jason Howerton

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A judge who was ordered to resentence a man convicted of rape after initially imposing a penalty that didn’t require prison again ruled that the defendant could avoid serving time in a decision released Monday.

Alabama Man Again Avoids Prison for Series of Rapes

Austin Clem (Contributed by Athens Police Department)

Limestone County Circuit Judge James Woodroof suspended a prison term for Austin Clem, 25, and ordered him instead to spend five years on probation for a series of assaults on a former neighbor.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals had ordered the second sentencing because prosecutors appealed after Woodroof’s original sentence didn’t require prison time. They claimed the lenient sentence violated state law.

In a statement to The Associated Press, victim Courtney Andrews said she was “extremely upset” with Woodroof’s latest decision.

“I can’t believe it,” said Andrews, 20. “After all that I’ve had to go through, he still gets to walk away. It’s like I’ve been punched in the face over and over by this judge.”

While the AP usually does not identify victims of sexual assault, Andrews has been speaking publicly about her case to raise awareness about what she saw as a lenient penalty.

The foreman of the jury that convicted Clem in September had said the panel expected Clem to serve prison time.

District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones, who fought the first sentence, almost immediately challenged the second one.

A lawyer for Clem did not return an email seeking comment.

Clem was convicted on three counts of rape for assaults on Andrews, who was a family friend. Prosecutors said the assaults began seven years ago when she was 13.

Rather than requiring prison, Woodroof initially sentenced Clem to spend two years with a community corrections program that lets defendants continue working and living at home. The man was also ordered to spend three years on probation and pay $1,631 in restitution to the victim.

The second sentence dropped the requirement for participation in community corrections and increased Clem’s probationary period to five years.

Clem already is listed as a sex offender on a state registry because of the conviction, and he must stay away from the victim and her family.

by on Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Dec. 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

of course.Sick!!

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That's horrible. 

blueforewolf
by on Dec. 25, 2013 at 3:44 AM

at this point I would want to pay someone to do some damage to the rapist (that is what I would want, not necessarily what I would actually do - maybe)

annabl1970
by Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM
Judge should lose his job
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lancet98
by Bronze Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The guy must have important friends.

copasetic1
by on Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM

 This judge obviously thinks that having sex with a child is perfectly alright. Maybe someone needs to look into his life.

shuturpiehole
by Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

This judge needs to be taken off the bench immediately.

That poor woman.

This judge is sick.


Quoting copasetic1:

 This judge obviously thinks that having sex with a child is perfectly alright. Maybe someone needs to look into his life.


copasetic1
by on Dec. 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

 YES!!!

Quoting shuturpiehole:

This judge needs to be taken off the bench immediately.

That poor woman.

This judge is sick.

 

Quoting copasetic1:

 This judge obviously thinks that having sex with a child is perfectly alright. Maybe someone needs to look into his life.

 

 

JanuaryBaby06
by on Dec. 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Absolutely awful awful awful!!

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