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Jury sentences Mark Clark to seven years

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 10:42 pm

NEW BRAUNFELS - Twelve jurors bucked what Comal County's chief felony prosecutor called the county's "good ol' boy" system and handed a seven-year penitentiary sentence to attorney Mark Adrian Clark on Monday.

Found guilty last week of attempted sexual performance of a 12-year-old girl in June 2010, Clark could have gotten 20 years for the offense.

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  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 10:09 am on Tue, Feb 8, 2011.

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    Giving Clark probation for his offense based on the financial burden placed on the state if jail time were assessed would have been absurd.
    I'm glad he got prison time and I think he should have gotten more. This guy is a monster. How many times did he get away with preying on young girls and nothing happened? Several failed attempts leads me to believe he succeeded more times than what has come to light.
    The 2002 incident described in the article is truly disturbing on so many levels. The cronyism that occurs in small town judicial systems is evidently at play. It all depends on who you are. In Clark's case, his family ties obviously played a huge part in his not being investigated in 2002. I think a larger investigation should be opened into what happened back then - the then DA Waldrip refused to allow prosecution of solicitation of a minor when approached by A.DA Rowcliffe. Small town politics and judicial wrangling at its worst. As a father, I find all this repulsive.
    Just as repulsive is Clark's attorney's argument for leniency based on the state's budget or lack thereof. People like Clark deserve no breaks. If the defense is so concerned by the cost of incarcerating Clark, would they argue for the release of all child molesters? Let the Clark family incur the cost of his incarceration if the state is going to go bankrupt by putting that monster where he belongs.
    Clark deserved the maximum sentence and I hope Bubba makes him model provocative sleepwear in prison.