Who is Robert Adrian? Judge slammed for setting rapist free after JUST 148 days, says it's 'plenty'

Adrian said sexual assault is natural when parents hold 'parties for teenagers, and they allow coeds and female people to swim in their underwear'


                            Who is Robert Adrian? Judge slammed for setting rapist free after JUST 148 days, says it's 'plenty'
Robert Adrian has said that five months in custody was 'plenty of punishment' for the teen rapist (WGEM)

An Illinois judge has been slammed for reversing his own decision to convict a teen who raped a girl,16, in May 30, 2021. Adams County Judge Robert Adrian has now said that five months in custody was 'plenty of punishment' for the boy. According to Adrian, it would be wrong to sentence 18-year-old Drew Clinton to prison for allegedly raping Cameron Vaughan during a graduation party in Quincy.

"By law, the court is supposed to sentence this young man to the Department of Corrections. This court will not do that. That is not just," Adrian said on January 3. "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."

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Clinton, who was set free, does not have to serve the minimum four-year sentence for sexual assault after being found guilty in an October bench trial. Instead, Adrian ruled that the prosecutors had failed to prove their case. Following Adrian's decision, Vaughan told Daily Mail, "Drew should be in prison if it wasn't for that stupid judge. His decision is unexplainable."

"He made it seem like I fought for nothing, and that I put my word out there for no reason," she told WGEM. "I immediately had to leave the courtroom and go to the bathroom. I was crying."

What happened at the party?

Recounting the incident at a graduation party at a friend's house when she got drunk, Vaughan said that her friends helped her and later in the night, she fell asleep. "I woke up at my friend's place with a pillow over my face so I couldn't be heard and Drew Clinton inside of me," she said.

"I asked him to stop multiple times and he wouldn't. I finally got off the couch and pushed him off of me and he jumped up and just started playing video games as if nothing had happened," she added. The next day, Vaughan had to allegedly get a rape kit test and also get treated for alcohol poisoning.  

Judge blames the parents

Adrian, in fact, blamed parents for the incident at the party and said that sexual assault is natural when parents hold "parties for teenagers, and they allow coeds and female people to swim in their underwear in their swimming pool". "They allowed 16-year-olds to bring liquor to a party. They provided liquor to underage people, and you wonder how these things happen. Well, that's how these things happen," Adrian said. 

Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez, who prosecutes sex crimes for the county, told the Herald-Whig that this is the first  time she came across a decision like this in her 40-year long career as a lawyer. "My heart is bleeding for the victim," Rodriguez said. "t was a very difficult bench trial. It did a lot for her healing process, but now she's back to where we were at."

Vaughan took to Facebook to express her disappointment at the judge's decision. "What happened May 30th 2021 was not okay. What drew Clinton did to me was not okay. 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. The the dna evidence, him admitting to it, and all the proof and yet drew Clinton is free. He is a walking rapist let free because of judge Adrian. Spread the word. Let everyone know judge Arian is not a well suited judge," she wrote. 



 

"DESPICABLE, HORRIFIC excuse for a human being!"

Social media slammed Robert Adrian for his decision with some saying he needs to be removed. "Judge” Robert Adrian sounds like one of those “it’s her fault because she was drinking” types. How many low Marijuana cases has sent sent to prison?" one user wrote. "Adams County Judge Robert Adrian needs to be removed," commented one user, while another said, "Judge Robert Adrian is up for re-election this year. Vote. Him. Out."



 



 

"What in the world is going on with all of the PRO-RAPE judges, like corrupt Illinois Judge #RobertAdrian, sitting on benches across the country? What does it take to get judges who clearly don't think rape is a real crime thrown out of their positions?" one user wrote. " "Adams County Judge Robert Adrian needs to be removed from the bench! WTAF is wrong with this country??!!!" another wrote. One user commented, "Judge Robert Adrian is a DESPICABLE, HORRIFIC excuse for a human being!"



 



 



 

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