The judge said the rape defendant had to suffer ‘significant punishment’ from the criminal cases

Adams County, Illinois, Judge Robert Adrian will no longer hear criminal cases after he prematurely released the 18-year-old rapist from prison and pleaded guilty to his assault.


On Thursday, the Chief Justice of the 8th Judicial Circuit, Frank McCartney, filed an administrative order with the Adams County Circuit courts, removing Adrian from handling any future criminal cases.

Adrian prompted a public backlash on January 3 when he overturned the conviction for rape against 18-year-old Drew Clinton. The reversal led to Clinton’s early release from the Adams County Jail. Adrian said he considers Clinton’s 148 days behind bars “considerable punishment.”


Clinton raped a 16-year-old girl at a graduation party on May 30, 2021. The girl told the court that when Clinton raped her, she woke up with a pillow over his face to suppress his scream.

On October 15, 2021, Adrian found Clinton guilty of one count of criminal sexual assault. The charge carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of four years.


However, at the January 3 sentencing hearing, Adrian reversed his decision. He declared Clinton “not guilty,” saying prosecutors “failed to prove their case.” The judge then said that he found the mandatory sentence of four years inappropriate for a “juvenile”.

Judge Robert Adrian, who released an 18-year-old adult male early from prison because Adrian considered the guilty’s 148-day prison term “considerable punishment”, has barred him from hearing future criminal cases. In this photo illustration, an unidentified judge hammers his gavel from the bench.
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“By law, the court should sentence this young man to the Department of Corrections. This court will not do that. It’s just not that,” Adrian said. “There’s no way this teenager should go to the Department of Corrections for what happened. I wouldn’t do that.”

Adrian said Clinton had already spent 148 days in the county jail, a “considerable sentence” and “a fair sentence,” according to a court transcript.


The judge also held the adults present at the party responsible for the rape of the girl. She added that rape is when parents “have parties for teens, and they allow classmates and women to swim in their underwear in their swimming pools.”

The girl attending the sentencing hearing immediately left the courtroom and started crying in the bathroom after Adrian overturned the rapist’s sentence.

his father told the Quincy news station WGEM That his daughter – once a school athlete and honor roll student – ​​had since dropped out of all sports, became a student of C and now studies at home due to her trauma in the seven-month legal exam.


“Women in Adams County should be angry and scared,” the Illinois-based Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse wrote in a statement about Adrian’s actions. “One message is clear: If you are raped, avoid Judge Adrian’s courtroom.”

The statement continued, “The verdict and Adrian’s comments send a calming message to other rape victims that rapists, not their behavior, will be judged.” “Shame the victims, set the rapists free. This decision reinforces the fact that the standards for women have always been impossibly high while they are impossibly low for men.”

Catching wind of controversy over Adrian’s actions, McCartney filed an administrative order barring Adrian from hearing future criminal cases. Instead, Adrian will hear small claims, probate, civil cases and other legal matters, WGEM reported.

McCartney has since stated that further action will be taken to address the discomfort caused by Adrian’s actions. He declined to say what those actions would be and whether he would blame Clinton again.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to the police. Of those, only 50 suspects would be arrested, only 28 would be convicted of a felony and only 25 would be imprisoned for the crime, Ren said.

newsweek Clinton’s attorney Drew Schnack was contacted for comment.

Experts from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) sexual harassment hotline are available 24/7 via phone (1 (800) 656-4673) And online chat, Additional support from the group is also available through mobile app,