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'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

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