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November 13, 2013

Clem gets no prison time on rape conviction

ATHENS — An Athens man convicted of raping a family friend and babysitter avoided prison but was sentenced to serve community corrections and probation on all three counts of rape.

Austin Clem will have to register as a convicted sex offender. If he violates the terms of his agreement, he will face prison time.

Limestone County Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof Jr., late today sentenced Clem, 25, to a 20-year sentence for first degree rape but that sentence was split so the defendant will serve two years in community corrections.

Woodroof had also sentenced Clem to 10 years on each count of second-degree rape.

However, both sentences were split to allow Clem to serve two years in community corrections, three years on supervised probation plus pay fines and restitution. 

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