WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List
 

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - 'He is less than a human being' - Syracuse man gets max sentence for raping toddlers while wife held them down
'He is less than a human being' - Syracuse man gets max sentence for raping toddlers while wife held them down



SYRACUSE -- With his head down, not looking up to make eye contact with
anyone, a Syracuse man learned his punishment for raping a two-year-old and a
four-year-old in 2010.



"I'm going to impose a sentence that will put you in jail for close to
30 years... but you have sentenced these two children to a life sentence. They
will have to live with the effect of your conduct for the rest of their
lives," Judge Anthony Aloi told 33-year-old Ronald Clark in Onondaga
County Court Thursday morning.



Clark will spend the next 27 to 29 years in prison, the maximum sentence. He
was sentenced to 25 years for two-counts of rape, and will serve a consecutive
sentence of two to four years for possessing child pornography, which
investigators found on his computer.



Last December, Clark admitted to raping the two toddlers as his wife, Sierra
Clark, held them down. This happened sometime between April and the end of
August in 2013. 



Assistant District Attorney Jeff Schiano says the case against Sierra will
go to court soon. For now, she sits in jail on rape and sex abuse charges.



In court Thursday, Schiano said he's never seen a case so disgusting and
disturbing as the case of Ronald Clark.



"I'm convinced he is less than a human being. His acts are absolutely
unbelievable to me and they are unforgivable. The rape of a two and
four-year-old while another person holds those children down is absolutely
unforgivable," Schiano said.



That's a sentiment Judge Aloi agrees with.



"I've been involved with the criminal justice system for a number of
years, and this is truly one of the most vile and disgusting cases that has
come across my desk that I can ever remember," Aloi said before reading
the sentence. "The only word that I can use to describe the acts, are that
they are 'vile'. I don't know if 'vile' even comes close to what it really
is."



In a statement to the court, Schiano briefly acknowledged an apology Clark
sent to the District Attorney's Office to the victims.



"I received your apology for your cold, monstrous acts. On behalf of
the people of the State of New York and on behalf of the victims of this case,
your apology is not accepted. You should never ever be allowed to breathe the
same air as those two innocent children breathe."



In an interview with CNY Central, Schiano would not comment on the content
of the letter, but he says the young victims - now about five and seven years
old - are "doing great."



"I can tell you, those two little girls, while he could steal their
innocence, he couldn't touch their spirits," Schiano said.



Schiano hopes this case will spotlight the seriousness of child pornography,
saying it is a warning sign, sometimes indicative of a bigger
issue.



"Possession of child pornography isn't always just possessing
child pornography, people will actually act on these things. We've seen it
twice in a couple of years," he says. "The bigger issue for me as a
prosecutor, when we walk into the courtroom and you know, there's this
mentality that sometimes in some courts, 'They're just possessing it, they're
just looking at it.'"



"Well, Ronald Clark wasn't just looking at it. Ronald Clark acted on
it. And we've seen other people do the same."



 



Source: WSTM



'He is less than a human being' - Syracuse man gets max sentence for raping toddlers while wife held them down

Friday, February 7 2014, 10:45 AM EST

National News Headlines

Boston bombing suspect's lawyers deny posing as FBI employees in Russia
Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday denied as "false" and "preposterous" an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia.

Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes in border town
A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

New York man to be sentenced in fatal stabbing of girlfriend
A man who has been attacking women with knives for decades, and has spent half his life in prison as a result, may never get out again.

Florida mom charged in son's 1991 murder due to make initial appearance in New Jersey court
A Florida woman charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son is scheduled to make her first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom.

Authorities release profile of gunman who ambushed Pennsylvania state troopers
The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police. He regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp. He made several trips to a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, picking just the right hiding spot from which he could launch an ambush and make his escape.

Street gangs toning down colors, tattoos in effort to avoid easy detection by police
Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

US pilot programs to deal with violent extremists could take cue from outreach in Minnesota
When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.

Police release profile of gunman who ambushed troopers, killing 1; may have been well-trained
The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police, regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp, and picked just the right hiding spot from where he could launch an ambush and make his escape.

University of Virginia president says community has 'deep concern' for missing student
The president of the University of Virginia says the community is deeply concerned about a student who has been missing since early Saturday.

Family of Arizona range instructor praying for young girl who accidentally shot and killed him
The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix