Jul 21, 2014 4:24 PM by Tina Macias
A convicted sex offender, who was able to plead down a potential 25-year prison sentence to probation, is back in jail on a probation violation.
As KATC reported on Friday, Dex Clements, 25, from Berwick was charged with two counts of sexual battery last year. Court documents obtained by KATC'S investigative team show, in 2007 he sexually abused a 6-year-old on two occasions. His penalty for the actions was three years of probation and no jail time.
Sexual battery carries a mandatory 25 years in jail, and his plea of indecent behavior with a juvenile requires two years of jail time when it involves a person under the age of 13. But Clements' jail time was suspended. Victims of the sex offender told KATC they disagree with the sentence and they believe Clements should be put behind bars.
The Berwick Police Department issued a warrant for Clements late last week after they noticed he had not registered with Berwick as a sex offender, Berwick Police Chief James Richard said. Clements had registered with the parish, but the law requires him to also register with his local municipality.
"He was informed by parish officials that he needed to register here, but he just never did," Richard said.
Clements was arrested on failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation early Saturday morning, Richard said. He's being held at the St. Mary Parish Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.