KATC Investigates

Jul 18, 2014 5:53 PM by Kari Beal

Victims speak out after sex offender pleas down charge

A convicted sex offender is free after he was able to plead down an offense that called for mandatory jail time.

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.

His plea of indecent behavior with a juvenile requires two years of jail time when it invovles a person under the age of 13, but Clements jail time was suspended. Victims of the sex offender said they disagree with the sentence and they believe Clements should be put behind bars.

Page Henry said she was the first of Dex Clements' victims when she was raped.

"It was multiple occasions," Henry said

At the age of 13 Page said she didn't report what happened because she was scared. Clements was a part of her friend group.

"I was absolutely terrified. I was popular and I didn't want my life to end like this," Henry said.

The terror took over when Page was 14 and she said she attempted suicide. Following the incident she was put in a Mental Hospital. A year later she said she finally spoke out about what happened.

"But from his point and the rest of society I was a liar," Henry said.

Page said she cut off all contact with Clements and her friend group and decided not to pursue the case further.

A juvenile in St. Mary Parish told her mother about a similar situation with Clements. The 6 -year-old girl did not tell her mother at first, but when she turned the age of 13 she confessed. Her mother filed the incidents' to the police and in April 2013 Clements was charged on two counts of sexual battery. *** The mother asked not to publish her name for the privacy of her child.***

"You do everything possible to protect your kids and for someone to come into your home and do this right underneath you nose, you can't imagine the feeling," the mother of the victim said

Clements was a family friend in this case as well. The girl's mother said she never suspected it. According to court documents, Clements sexually touched the girl in her bedroom and then again in a truck. Clements was able to plead down his offense. Rather than sexual battery---which carries a mandatory 25-year sentence when the incident involves a person under the age of 13---he pled indecent behavior with a juvenile. This is a mandatory two years in prison when it involves a person under the age of 13. But court documents show imprisonment was suspended and instead Clements got three years of probation.

Under the probation terms KATC obtained Dex Clements has to pay fines totally just over $2,000. He must also take anger management counseling, sex offense counseling, he cannot have contact with the victim or their family, cannot come into contact with juveniles under the age of 18 and cannot possess pornography. The documents state he is a registered sex offender for 15 years.

The victim's family said they were not notified when a plea deal was made and they believe the penalty is not justified.

"I think it is disgusting. I think it shows these types of people can do what they want and nothing will happen," said the victim's mother.

"I believe favors were made on his behalf," Henry said.

KATC reached out to the district attorney's office in St. Mary Parish. They said the Assistant District Attorney who dealt with the case, Erica Rose, is not in this week. Spokesperson Anthony Saleme said the assessment is based on evidence in the case, but he couldn't specify the evidence because he said the case deals with a juvenile. Saleme also added the only action the victim's family can take from here is to file a civil suit.

The victims families said they pray what happened to them doesn't happen to anyone else.



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