Resentenced Alabama Rapist Austin Clem Still Avoids Prison Time

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Alabama court of appeals ordered the resentencing of convicted rapist Austin Clem, after a public outcry over the fact that he avoided serving any prison time.

Judge James Woodroof of Limestone County Circuit Court resentenced Clem, 25, on Monday, and again sentenced him only to probation.

Clem will not serve time for raping his teenage neighbor three times, beginning when she was 14 years old.

Judge Woodroof ordered Clem to spend five years on probation. He faces 35 years in prison if he violates probation.

“We are disgusted,” the victim’s father, Richard Andrews, told WHNT News 19. “We are trying to enjoy Christmas as a family and then this happens, we have no idea what the judge is thinking. It’s ridiculous.”

Clem was convicted of one count of first-degree rape and two counts of second-degree rape in September.

During his October sentencing, Woodroof ordered him to serve two years in community corrections and three years of supervised probation. The community corrections program allows defendants to work and live at home.

Andrews led a public outcry against the sentence.

The victim, Courtney Andrews, who is now an adult, identified herself in order to speak out against the sentencing. She said she was “livid” at Woodroof’s decision.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a resentencing after prosecutors said the first sentence violated state law.

The new sentence simply dropped the community program and gave Clem a longer probationary period.

Sources: New York Times, Independent Record, WHNT News 19