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An Illinois judge faces criticism for overturning the sexual assault conviction of an 18-year-old man during the teenager’s conviction last week – claiming that the 148 days he spent in jail since his arrest were sufficient, according to reports.

Adams County Judge Robert Adrian delivered the astonishing overthrow last Monday after convicting Drew Clinton on one count of criminal sexual assault in a bench trial in October, the Herald-Whig reported .

“Sir. Clinton spent nearly five months in the county jail, 148 days,” Adrian said, according to a court transcript obtained by the newspaper.

“For what happened in this case, it’s a lot of punishment. It would be a fair sentence.

Clinton was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a graduation party last May.

He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of four years. Adrian’s decision came after Clinton’s lawyers filed two post-trial motions and the judge ruled prosecutors had failed to prove their case, the newspaper reported.

Following Adrian’s decision, the distraught victim went public with her story – recounting the sexual assault to reporters and detailing her emotional reaction when she learned Adrian had been released.

Drew Clinton had previously spent 148 days in a county jail, which Judge Adrian called a “fair sentence.”
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“I woke up at my friend’s house with a pillow over my face so I couldn’t be heard and Drew Clinton inside of me,” Cameron Vaughan said, WGEM reported.

“I asked him to stop several times and he didn’t. I finally got up off the couch and pushed him out of me and he jumped up and just started playing video games like nothing had happened, ”she said.

Vaughan said she “immediately” left the courtroom and cried in the bathroom after learning that Clinton’s conviction had been overturned.

The Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse on Tuesday lambasted the judge’s decision.

“Adrian’s verdict and comments send a frightening message to other rape victims that their behavior, and not that of the rapists, will be judged,” the group said in a statement to WGEM.

“Shame on the victims, free the rapists. This judgment reinforces the fact that the standards for women have always been insanely high while they are incredibly low for men.

Vaughan’s father described his daughter’s devastation in an interview with the Herald-Whig.

Illinois judge Robert Adrian slammed for overturning teenage Drew Clinton’s rape conviction
Cameron Vaughn told reporters she “immediately” left the courtroom and cried in the bathroom after hearing the judge overturn the decision.

“It’s worse now than before [before], because not only does she not have her justice, but now she feels like she spoke for nothing, and you know it hurts, ”the father told the newspaper.

“Now she wishes she wouldn’t even have said anything.”

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