|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. More »