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IL Judge Under Fire For Throwing Out Teen's Sex Assault Conviction

An Illinois judge drew outrage after throwing out the four year mandatory sentence for Drew Clinton, an 18-years-old convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, according to the Guardian. The girl told police and the judge that the assault happened after a graduation party where she drank alcohol. She said she told Clinton repeatedly to stop and had to push him off. Judge Robert Adrian of Adam County said that the 148 days Clinton spent in jail was "plenty of punishment" and to avoid an appeal, he dismissed the charges. “There is no way … for what happened in this case that this teenager should go to the department of corrections. I will not do that," Adrian said.

The girl left the courtroom crying when she heard the decision. The Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse warned sexual assault survivors to avoid Judge Adrian's courtroom and that the results show that the "behavior of the victims, not the rapists, will be judged." The prosecutor said that she had never seen anything like the ruling in her 40-year career.


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