Vincent Clark, 42, had been found guilty by a jury on Dec. 16 for 34 sex-related charges for crimes that occurred between 2006 and 2009.
The victims – who are now between the ages of 8 and 15 – were all at the sentencing hearing. The children had testified that the assaults happened in Clark’s home, in his tractor trailer, and on his all-terrain vehicle.
“These children [are] not who they were meant to grow up as. Their souls are completely different,” a victim’s mother said.
During the trial, a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board said that Clark declined to participate in his own psychological assessment. She instead used victim forensic interviews, police affidavits, and prior criminal information to determine that Clark suffered from pedophilia that was acquired and/or congenital. This resulted in Clark being sentenced as a sexually violent predator.
Clark’s oldest victim – a 15-year-old girl – reportedly began to cry while addressing the judge at the sentencing hearing. She then suggested a death sentence would be appropriate. A second victim – a 13-year-old girl – said Clark should “not have the satisfaction of walking on this earth” for all that she lost during the last five years of her life.
“My client says he’s innocent. He maintains he’s innocent. There were some facts in the course of the trial that suggest inconsistencies in statements that support his argument and we’ll take an appeal,” defense attorney Paul Ackourey said. “He believes that this case was orchestrated against him by a disgruntled wife who he’s separated from and it’s vindictive,” Ackourey added.
Clark’s attorney asked the court to make sure that Clark got credit for 548 days already served in a county lockup. Well, okay Vincent. … that leaves a minimum of only 17,715 days in prison to go. You’re in the home stretch!Tags: ATV, Pennsylvania, Sexual Assault, sexual predator, Vincent Clark