Illinois mom blasts judge for reversing sexual assault conviction


The mom of an Illinois teen who was allegedly raped has blasted a judge’s controversial resolution to reverse the accused attacker’s sexual assault conviction, saying she worries her daughter could spiral right into a “dark place” after the stunning transfer.

“To say we’re completely shocked and stunned is an understatement,” Rachael Vaughan, 42, instructed The Post Thursday.

“I worry when the smoke settles and things get quiet that it’ll take her to a dark place. It’s a constant worry.”

Adams County Judge Robert Adrian issued the beautiful reversal final Monday on the sentencing, insisting that the 148 days Drew Clinton, 18, spent within the county jail following his conviction “is plenty of punishment.”

His resolution got here after Clinton’s attorneys filed two post-trial motions and the judge dominated prosecutors did not show their case, according to the Herald-Whig.

Judge Robert Adrian
Judge Robert Adrian reversed Drew Clinton’s sexual assault conviction.
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Vaughan instructed The Post that her 16-year-old daughter, Cameron, had beforehand tried suicide within the wake of the alleged assault at a commencement occasion final May.

Drew Clinton
Drew Clinton was initially convicted of legal sexual assault in October 2021.
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Clinton had initially been convicted on one rely of legal sexual assault in October and was discovered not responsible on two different counts.

He had confronted a compulsory minimal of 4 years, which Vaughan was anticipating he would obtain.

Now, the overturned responsible verdict sends a troubling message to sexual assault victims in all places, the distraught mom stated.

“The judge felt since he’s 18 and had no prior criminal record, that five months is enough,” Vaughan stated.

“And that’s not lengthy. He was discovered responsible and he was imagined to serve 4 years and at the very least 85 p.c of that point. That is the legislation.

“This opened up all the wounds again, and it’s heartbreaking because after her assault, she attempted suicide.”

Vaughan stated her daughter has been in remedy, and the sentencing was imagined to be closure for her.

Cameron Vaughn
Cameron Vaughan criticized the judge’s resolution in a Facebook put up.

She instructed The Post that Adrian “completely pulled the rug out from beneath her.”

The mom accused the judge of victim-blaming and setting again girls’s rights.

“Now we have to reprogram her mind. He set women back 50 years with this. He’s saying women need to sit back, shut up and take what’s given to you and we’re not having that. We’re going to fight this and we’re going to take it whenever it leads us,” Vaughan vowed.

Cameron Vaughan, in the meantime, blasted the judge in a Facebook put up Tuesday.

“What Drew Clinton did to me was not okay,” the post reads. “But what Judge Adrian did on January 3rd is even worse. Judge Adrian basically said it was me and my parents fault that Drew raped me. They took his side on everything,” she stated.

A petition calling for Adrian to face charges for “abuse of judicial discretion and power” had additionally garnered greater than 8,600 signatures as of early Thursday.

“For the reprehensible precedent Judge Adrian has set by not upholding the law, we ask that you censure, suspend and/or remove from his position in the Eighth Circuit Court in Illinois,” the petition reads.

Victim’s father Scott
Cameron Vaughan’s father, Scott, instructed a neighborhood information outlet that there is no such thing as a justice in Adams County.

In the aftermath of the alleged assault, Rachael Vaughan stated her daughter’s grades have fallen and she or he has dropped out of the Quincy Senior High School monitor workforce.

“She can’t even spend the night at friends,” the mom instructed The Post. “She tries, but she ends up coming home.”

“He absolutely did her wrong,” Vaughan stated of Adrian relating to her daughter. “He did every domestic violence survivor wrong.”

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