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Aug 21, 2014 6:13 PM by Janine Reyes

Mom Wants Convicted Sex Offender Behind Bars

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A convicted sex offender walked out of court today virtually free, he's not behind bars, but he will have to continue to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.

A hearing set by the Nueces County District Attorney's office to revoke his probation is now reset for next month.

We spoke with the mother of the victim, who we will not identify since the girl was a teen at the time of the crime. She says she's been a ball of nerves waiting for the hearing that didn't happen after all today.

"It never goes away," the mom explained, "I can't even tell you how many times she wakes up in the middle of the night, screaming, crying."

The mother tells us the abuse her daughter suffered as a 15 year old girl is something she still lives with, more than 10 years later.

Stephen clark pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child for raping her daughter.

Mom says Clark became a family friend and eventually paid her daughter to babysit and clean the house.

He often called saying the teen didn't complete the job right.

"Of course I sent her back to do the job right, I wanted to teach her better morals that if you get paid for something you do what you get paid for," the mom said. She had no idea during that time, he was raping her.

"(I feel) like the worst mother in the world," she told us, sobbing, "I'll have guilt the rest of my life for doing that."

A plea deal meant no prison time for Clark.

He's served nearly eight years on probation.

"All his probation reviews have been stellar until just recently," Clark's attorney, John Flint told us.

The mother tells us just recently, he failed a drug test. Flint would not confirm that. But, the state did file a motion to revoke his probation July 11th. The docket cites safety zone and drug patch as the reason.

Clark refused to comment.

While mom had a hard time watching him walk out unpunished, she does take comfort in the next court date, set for September 12th, the same day he was convicted eight years ago.

"He befriended us and made us believe he was such a wonderful guy," the mother said, "all along he was raping my child."

The hearing was delayed because the judge wanted to have time to subpoena some witnesses in the case.


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