Clifton Grasham-Reeves and Kaci Pomerenke: A Tale of Two Texas Sex Cases

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McLennan County Sheriff
Clifton Grasham-Reeves: His parole officer probably hasn't been born yet.

Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children?

A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grasham-Reeves, an actor and former English teacher at a Waco charter school. Grasham-Reeves was accused of seducing a 16-year-old girl he met while the two worked on a community theater play, and of having sex with her approximately four times. He was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Last week, just as the nation was gripped in the maw of the Penn State pedophilia scandal, the gavel came down on Grasham-Reeves. And man did that wooden mallet come down hard. Grasham-Reeves, a married father of an infant boy, was convicted. Despite a tearful plea for leniency, and a hitherto-clean criminal record, he was sentenced to 90 years behind bars. (The jury recommended the max 20 years on each count of sexual assault of a child and five years for the indecency charges; the judge accepted their advice and then ordered the sentences stacked.)

Right now Grasham-Reeves's parole officer is probably not even a twinkle in anyone's eye. He will not become eligible for parole until 2056. He will be 77 years old.

Earlier this month, 45 miles from Waco down I-35 in Belton, 31-year-old former teacher Kaci Suzanne Pomerenke was in court on similar charges.

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Bell County Jail
Kaci Pomerenke: The same actions got her a sentence about one ten-thousandth as severe as her male counterpart in crime

She pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student. It's a lesser charge, but she did pretty much the same thing. Specifically, she confessed that she had sex with the boy in her car on three different occasions.

Her sentence?

Three days in jail and seven years probation. Should he live to be 121 and serve out all his time, Grasham-Reeves will be punished ten thousand times more severely. (We're aware that doesn't account for Pomerenke's probation, which can be onerous but beats prison any day.)

Now, there are some mitigating factors. Grasham-Reeves once worked for CPS, and a woman who trained him there testified at his trial that she had to warn him from spending too much time alone with a ten-year-old girl, as she believed that an inappropriate bond was forming between the two. (Investigators have interviewed all the children Grasham-Reeves worked with during his nine months at the agency and none said that he abused them.)

Also, it was previously reported that Grasham-Reeves gave his victim alcohol and told her to sneak out her window and come over while his wife was away. Those facts make him seem even more coercive and more of a sleaze.

Also, whereas Pomerenke confessed to everything and pleaded guilty, Grasham-Reeves took his case to trial and lost. He might well have been offered a deal at some point and instead rolled the dice and come up snake-eyes.

But still -- 90 years on a first offense?

Years ago I watched famed rapper Carlos Coy, a.k.a. South Park Mexican, get half that much time after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. During the punishment phase, the prosecution brought forth at least five other minors who claimed to have had sex with SPM, and one of them had very compelling evidence in the form of a genetically-certified little South Park Mexican Jr.

So once again, was Grasham-Reeves's sentence just the luck of the draw, a sexual double standard, or should Grasham-Reeves be cursing Jerry Sandusky's name for all eternity?

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SYN1
SYN1

IT IS CRAZY HE GOT ANY TIME SEEING HOW STATE LAW STATES THAT THE AGE OF CONSENT IS 16 YEARS OLD.  SURE HE SHOULDNT HAVE DONE IT BUT EVEN 40 YEARS IS BS. SPECIALLY SINCE SOME MURDERERS DONT EVEN GET THAT.

Blondie199
Blondie199

I was in the play with the both of them. She definetly shared her role in the relationship. Several of us saw the odd behavior that they both were doing. They were always texting eachother. Even during practice. She seemed very happy and could care less about knowing she was involved with a married man with a child on the way. I wish i wouldve said something sooner.She knew what she was doing as much as he did.

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Smells Like Teen Spirit

I was 12 when I lost my virginity. I was 14 when I had my first serious relationship with around 4 or 5 sex sessions a week. So by the states standards me and her should have been imprisoned. Oh gee sorry for being human guys. I don't know the facts so maybe the girl wasn't into it but I also didn't read anywhere him putting a gun to her head and saying "fuck me or die" I don't care if the guy was 80, if the girl wanted sex she was going to get it one way or another.

Margaret - Book Paper Art
Margaret - Book Paper Art

Now we know he is a pervert but he is spending more time in prison than people who have killed other people plus the girl wanted sex too....90 years is way too severe...even for this pervert.  A female pervert is just a bad as a male pervert. A pervert is a pervert.

Guest
Guest

How do you know?  Did you interview her?  Were you there? Opine elswhere.

Perp Walk Fan
Perp Walk Fan

Grasham-Reeves has the pedo eyes.  He's walked that road before and will again if he is ever released. 

Brian
Brian

In England in the 16th century it was not uncommon to hang starving children for stealing a loaf of bread ... things have not changed all that much ... Texas Justice is an oxymoron, like Military Intelligence or Political Credibility ...

Nic
Nic

This isn't really a Texas thing. This is a U.S.A. thing. We're handing down harsher and harsher sentences and it's quickly becoming embarrassing, frankly.

Frank
Frank

Embarrassing? To who? The pedophile who's caught or the life that's damaged?

Guest
Guest

The girl damaged her own life, it was a choice she made. She was probably a victim of CPS and Family interference. With only one parent for guidence!

Guest
Guest

She has two parents.  I am one of them.  The judge threw out the sentence and the man ended up with 40 years instead of the 90.   The standard is this...  No matter the age of the minor, the adult (in this case a 32 year old man) always needs to be held accountable.  So many people were affected by this, including his congregation, and his wife and nearly two year old child, not counting her family (who sat outside of the courtroom the entire time). Know the facts of the case before you choose to give your 2 cents worth.

mattgmd
mattgmd

The women who have sex w/younger boys are seldom charged as heavy handedly as the men are. But it is still hard to see the justification for a 90 year sentence for a non-violent non-forceful sex offense. As homicide-happy as TX is overall, one is unlikely to receive 90 yrs for murder.

Anonygoose
Anonygoose

Yes there definitely is a double standard when it comes to men/women who commit the same crimes. Not all things are equal.

Silo44
Silo44

100 years from now our great great grandkids will look back and amaze at how barbaric we were.

udoobu
udoobu

You don't have sex with a minor... period. Give him the death penalty for all I care...

Guest
Guest

You are one of the problems in America "you don't care"!

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

What about Kaci? Lethal injection for her too?

Jai
Jai

Yes. You don't have sex with a child. Period.

Guest
Guest

Define CHILD

Brandon D
Brandon D

The lesson here is:  Don't do anything wrong in Texas.  Heck, don't do anything right in Texas.

Hell, just don't be in Texas period.

Anonygoose
Anonygoose

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the penalty !

big red
big red

The lesson is, when in Waco you better obey the law. That venue is probably the worst in the state to get caught having sex with a minor. Well, second to Lubbock anyway.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

I've heard from a very informed source that the new DA in Waco is a talentless hack whose only solution to every problem is to "git tuff." 

JohnWaynesMangirdle
JohnWaynesMangirdle

And that's a damned shame. It is Texas law that should being enforced, not Waco law. It must be a fearful thing to live in that state and be put into their legal system, whether you've done something or not.

Bob
Bob

Having sex with a 16 year old teen is wrong. It is not 90 years in state prison wrong.

Guest
Guest

Your statement is not clear. 16 year olds should not have sex?  Who was the accuser, a third party observer? That makes him an accomplice. The law of the land says that their right is to face the accuser. First time offense and a life term? Both equally guilty, when does a person take responsibility for their own actions. I was married at 17.

Donald
Donald

No, it's not 90 years in prison wrong. It's a life sentence, without parole, wrong. I'll gladly pay to keep him there if it stops someone else from being hurt.

Guest
Guest

I think you should!

Me NotYou
Me NotYou

If he lived in almost any other country in the world besides fear and smear America, this would not have been a crime.

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