Convicted Child Rapist Austin Smith Clem Gets No Jail Time

“Austin Smith Clem, 25, was found guilty of raping a teenage girl three times in Alabama, but he won’t be sent to jail for his crimes.”

BuzzFeed reports:

Austin Smith Clem was convicted of raping a teenage girl in Limestone County, Alabama on Wednesday. But instead of serving jail time for his crimes, he’s been sentenced to two years in a community corrections program, or the equivalent of house arrest, CNN reports.

He will be forced to stay at the home he shares with his wife and three daughters.

Back in September, Clem was found guilty on one count of first-degree rape for the “forcible rape” of his neighbor, Courtney Andrews, when she was 18, and two counts of “second-degree rape” for crimes committed against her when she was 13 and 14.

Alabama Judge Jimmy Woodroof originally handed Clem a total of 30-years — but then suspended the sentence and issued him two years in a program for non-violent criminals and three years of probation. His motives for changing the sentence are unknown at this time, and he has declined to comment.

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