FOX 66 News at Ten
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
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
"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."
Friday, February 7 2014, 10:45 AM EST
National News Headlines
|NJ man burned by fajitas while praying at Applebee’s can’t sue, court rules|
|A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant.|
|Third victim dies following shootings at Southern California nightclub, gas station|
|Police say a third victim has died following shootings at a Southern California nightclub and a nearby gas station that investigators say involved rival gangs.|
|Survivor dog: Shot and tied to railroad tracks, 'Cabela' has leg amputated after police rescue|
|A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot repeatedly was expected to survive after her leg was amputated Thursday.|
|With Iran in leading role in battle for Tikrit and US sidelined, where will it lead?|
|Iran's growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells in the Pentagon, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit.|
|All-women's Wellesley College to admit transgender students, joining growing number to do so|
|Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women's colleges that accept transgender students.|
|Police officer loses control of cruiser on slippery roads, smashes through vet clinic wall|
|Police say a police officer lost control of his cruiser on a slippery road before crashing through the wall of a veterinary clinic in Pennsylvania.|
|Plane skids off runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport|
|DEVELOPING: Emergency crews responded Thursday to a Delta aircraft that skidded on a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport as the region was hit with another snow storm, MyFoxNY.com reported.|
|Yale students protest work requirement for those receiving financial aid|
|A requirement that Yale undergraduates on financial aid pay up to $6,400 annually toward their education is coming under protest from students who argue it creates a divide along class lines and keeps them from participating more in campus life.|
|Judge asked to dismiss charges or give boy, then 11, new juvenile court trial in 2009 slaying|
|Attorneys for a Pennsylvania boy who was just 11 when he was charged with fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee want a judge to dismiss those charges or, at least, grant him a new juvenile trial.|
|Worth a shot: Former Pennsylvania police officer's vending machines sell ammo|
|You can buy drinks, chips, condoms, fishing bait and even gold from vending machines, so Sam Piccinini figured, “Why not bullets?”|