Rape victim’s fury as judge REVERSES conviction against attacker teen and blames parents for allowing boozy party

A RAPE victim has spoken of her fury after a judge reversed his own decision to convict the teen who held her down and assaulted her at a graduation party.

Judge Robert Adrian, 64, tossed out the verdict as he didn't think that Drew Clinton, 18, should serve any more prison time for raping Cameron Vaughn, 16.

Adrian defended his decision saying that 148 days being detained during the case was "plenty of punishment" for the attack on May 30, 2021.

Clinton was due to go to prison for the minimum four year sentence after Adrian found him guilty of one county of criminal sexual assault in a judge only trial in October.

But instead the Illinois judge, who was elected to the court in 2010, ruled that the prosecutors had failed to "prove their case" – setting Clinton free and dismissing the charge.

He said: "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."

Double jeopardy rules meant that Clinton cannot be charged again.

And then he went on the attack, seemingly blaming the parents for the sex assault – slamming them for "allowing" the party to be hosted, "allowing" teens to "swim in their underwear in their swimming pool" and "allowing" alcohol.

"You wonder how these things happen? Well, that's how these things happen," Adrian said.

His decision has been condemned by Cameron as an insult to rape victims.

She has bravely decided to come forward as she waived her anonymity to speak alongside her dad on local TV station WGEM.

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"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.

"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 judge] made it seem like I fought for nothing, and that I put my word out there for no reason.

"I immediately had to leave the courtroom and go to the bathroom. I was crying."

Cameron said that Adrian made her feel like it was "her and her parents" fault that Clinton had raped her.

Her dad Scott said: "She was a cross-country runner, she ran in track, she was an honor roll student.

"Now, she's lucky to carry a C average and she's dropped out of all sports.

"All of her learning is at home now. She can't go to school."

Judge Adrian basically said it was me and my parents fault that Drew raped me

He told Muddy River News: "What a low blow. You have just basically not given my daughter any justice. 

'I have sat by my daughter's bedside for three, four months, five months. …

"She is not well from this. Way too many things happened to say this did not happen. While this guy's ripping me, as a parent, what was I supposed to do?"

He added: "Was my 16-year-old daughter drinking under the age at a graduation party that I was unaware of? Absolutely. Were a bunch of these girls swimming in a pool in their underwear? Yep. Is that a terrible mistake? Yes. Did [Clinton] make a mistake? Sure. Would he take it back if he could? Probably.

"But the fact is, he still violated her without her permission. Pardon my language, but I feel like I was s**t all over by this judge."

Cameron has urged victims to continue to come forward despite the judge's ruling.

And she wrote on Facebook that Adrian's decision is even worse than Clinton's rape.

She also shared a picture of Clinton in his high school football uniform on TikTok, saying the judge "suddenly changed his mind" and "the justice system is not okay".

"Judge Adrian basically said it was me and my parents fault that Drew raped me," Cameron said.

"[He] 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."

Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez, who prosecutes sex crimes for the county and was representing Cameron, told the Herald-Whig she has not seen a decision like for 40 years.

Rodriguez said: "My heart is bleeding for the victim.

"It was a very difficult bench trial. It did a lot for her healing process, but now she's back to where we were at."

Defense attorney Drew Schnack defended the judge and said he was simply doing his job. 

He said: "Judges make mistakes all the time. Maybe he made a mistake with his original ruling.

"Maybe he made a mistake with a second ruling. But he’s got to do the best he can with what he’s got."

And the local Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse (Quanda) also criticised the decision on Facebook.

In a statement, they said: "He blamed everyone except Clinton.

"The verdict and Adrian’s comments send a chilling message to other rape victims that their behavior, not the rapists’, will be judged. Shame the victims, free the rapists.

"This judgment reinforces the fact that standards for women have always been impossibly high while they are impossibly low for men."

The group's statement on Facebook was was liked by Adams County prosecutor Josh Jones, who was thrown out of court on Wednesday by Judge Adrian over his support.

A petition on Change.Org titled #StandwithCammy has been signed more than 8,000 times as of publication.

It reads: "If he does not have faith and consistency in his own rulings, there is no reason for the public to respect his continuance in the position of power as an authority of the law."

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