RI man faces sex abuse charges

2013-03-08T04:15:00Z 2013-03-08T05:24:26Z RI man faces sex abuse chargesThomas Geyer The Quad-City Times
March 08, 2013 4:15 am  • 

A 19-year-old man is facing sex abuse charges after he allegedly had sex with a 12-year-old girl, Davenport police said.

Joseph Tae Clark of 2929 38th Ave., Rock Island, is charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse. The charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years upon conviction.

Clark was being held Wednesday night in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Jason Gillaspie, officers responded Wednesday to Sudlow Intermediate School, 1414 E. Locust St., in reference to a report of suspicious activity.

During the investigation, it was alleged that at about 2 a.m. Sunday, Clark met the girl in the area of the school with the intent of having sex with her.

According to the affidavit, Clark admitted to having sex with the girl, knowing she was only 12 years old.

In September 2009, Davenport police charged Clark with first- and second-degree robbery in a case that was moved to juvenile court. The disposition of that case was not available in court records.

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(10) Comments

  1. iowalittledog
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    iowalittledog - March 14, 2013 4:38 pm
    I like your reply, but what if it were you accused? Would you at least want me to wait till after the trial? What if a child was to lie? (Not saying that is the case here). The way to solve this problem is simply. Make the punishment more severe? If a person is convicted of a sex crime against a child, then they should get 50 years and have to do 70% f the 50 years. How many people would be dead if murder only carried a 10 year prison sentence? drug dealers get far more time than sex offenders, which is stupid
  2. turtletail
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    turtletail - March 12, 2013 10:13 am
    I blame poor parenting on both sides. Perp and victim.
  3. Terry W
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    Terry W - March 11, 2013 10:57 am
    Yeah, she is young......if he touched a 12 year old of mine.......well you would't find him lets say that much. Anyone who touches a child that age DESERVES to rot, and anyone who makes excuses for him is on his level. Hope he has fun in prison......they WILL get to him!
  4. Katemo
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    Katemo - March 11, 2013 2:48 am
    U knw ppl goin in on him jus cuz she young.. That girl made a choice also i dnt think he should get n trouble.. Girls these days dont have age limits so the guys shouldnt get in trouble. She wanted to have sex with a older guy.. So what. He didnt rape her.
  5. jw31066
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    jw31066 - March 08, 2013 11:38 am
    What in the heck was a 12 yr old girl doing out at 2am at night anyway...I don't think the parents would do too much to this guy if they don't even care that their daughter was out at that time of night!!!
  6. writingmomma
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    writingmomma - March 08, 2013 8:07 am
    I hope they throw the law book at this piece of poop. This is what they need to put at Guantanimo. All perverts and child murderers deserve to rot in prison. You can test all your military equipment on them.
  7. Randogg420
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    Randogg420 - March 07, 2013 8:49 pm
    Now he can go to prison where a nice older man will have sex with him.Enjoy
  8. REDNECK
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    REDNECK - March 07, 2013 5:47 pm
    some prison time do you have little kids i
    think life is not enough time
  9. REDNECK
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    REDNECK - March 07, 2013 5:44 pm
    These kind of people make me sick talk about SCUM !!
    I think life in prison is to good for these kind of people i
    think we should send all these kind of people an murders over to
    fight all these wars we are in !! What a waste of skin!
  10. REDNECK
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    REDNECK - March 07, 2013 4:53 pm
    People like this guy should be delt with by the father of this girl !!!
    I say these people make me sick if this was to happen to one of my
    little girls the cops would not even need to be called !! people like this should be
    given the death sentence he just killed that poor little girl on the inside an i do not believe
    we should have to payb as tax payers for this guy to live in prison we dont have
    an place in this world for these kind of people!!!! SCUM BAG just saying
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