Police: Man molested 3 girls

James Clinton previously tried to open teen club in Sandusky
Courtney Astolfi
Jun 24, 2014

astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

A Sandusky man is now behind bars after he allegedly gifted three teenage sisters with lavish trips and presents last summer, then persuaded them to perform sex acts on him in exchange.

James Clinton, 30, of the 800 block of Warren St., was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of rape, and one count each of gross sexual imposition and corruption of a minor.

The Sandusky girls, who were between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time of the alleged abuse, told investigators that Clinton befriended their family prior to the incidents. He even said he wanted to be their godfather, Sandusky police Detective Dana Newell said.

In the summer of 2013, Clinton showered the sisters with gifts. He took them on trips as well—sometimes locally and sometimes out of state, but oftentimes ending with an overnight hotel stay, Newell said.

During those interactions, Clinton also allegedly tried to introduce them to alcohol and marijuana.

“He would basically get them alone and was like 'OK, I did this stuff for you; what are you willing to do for me?' Then he'd start talking about sexual acts he'd want done to him,” Newell said.

Newell went on to say this case was not the first time Sandusky police received complaints about Clinton.

“We've had previous complaints that were very similar, but for one reason or another it just wasn't proven at the time. (There was) the same MO of (Clinton) meeting kids and befriending them,” Newell said.

Sandusky police Detective Ken Nixon said those previous accusations also centered around Clinton allegedly taking those girls to hotel rooms and getting them drunk. Nixon said he suspected some of those victims did not come forward out of fear of retaliation.

But not only have there been previous complaints, Clinton even tried to open a teen club in downtown Sandusky two years ago, Newell said.

At the time, Clinton told the Register he had a “zero tolerance” policy for drinking, smoking and drugs. He also said the club's target market was teens aged 13-17, with 18-year-olds allowed if they were still in school.

“The teens around here, they really need somewhere to go,” Clinton told the Register in 2012.

In early 2014, relatives of the three sisters began to get suspicious of Clinton's “over-friendliness,” Newell said. 

The girls' parents began asking questions and the trio finally confided what had been going on, Newell said.

Sandusky police interviewed Clinton, but he denied the allegations and insisted he was just trying to help.

An Erie County grand jury, however, opted to indict Clinton on the four felony charges.

Clinton remains in the Erie County jail on $105,000 bond. 

Comments

LookingDown

First of all he is a Clinton! Second you start to ask questions after your kids leave the state and stay in a hotel with a man! Omg parents wake up! Hope these girls get help to deal with the issues this sicko has caused! Parents you woke up too late on this one! Smh

dajhalove31

Ok....he's a Clinton does that make every Clinton in the entire world bad?? I don't think so, im glad that i dont live in such a close minded town...yes there's a few bad apples in every family but i will not put the entire family in one basket..

LookingDown

Wow just put the name in the court system and see what you get. Maybe 1000 hits!

Outspoken Citizen

Apples in a basket? Well somebody needs to do something about the basket...It is too many bad apples coming from one basket. Somebody needs to speak up and break the trend. This appears to be learned behavior. It needs to be stopped. Denying a problem is not helping the situation. Some body needs to make a difference. A terrible reputation.

dajhalove31

I can agree that there's several who have incidents with the law, I'm not in denial of that.
Also yes theres something sadistally immoral,i won't deny that in no way am i .condoning the actions of the ones who have criminal records. Im speaking about.those who have nothing to with any of the crimes also those who work hard for everything they have an who are upstanding citizens not just in that state.. i apologize if.it seems to some i was making excuses or sticking up for those who've broken the law. My point was all of them are not.criminals nor are they bad people.

Alfonz

My name is alfonz clinton I'm not going to hide behind a screen name first off who cares if he's a clinton the bottom line is he made a mistake for you to sit here and look down on the whole family shows your an idiot I could care less what my family does they have to account for it not me there is a few bad clinton but let's be real there is hundreds of us so if there is 20 bad ones I can live with that in every family in America there is a drug Dealer, murders, hores, rapist the list goes on so please grow up and get you a life I work every day to support my family and yes I have made plenty of mistakes so tell me one person who haven't most of you have never even sat down and talked to a clinton but yet you sit on your high horse like your better then us please give me a break I love my family no matter what and we all stick together through anything most of you people are lonely and your families don't want anything to do with you I promise you this I'll never worry about my family not bring there for me it's crazy how this family has done so much for people in this town and all people talk about is the bad give me a break if he did this crime I'll be the first to tell you then what ever he gets he deserves but don't you ever talk down on my entire family I love them to much and we all protect each other because that's what real family does have a good day

Outspoken Citizen

Family or not I wonder how you would feel if somebody raped your child. This is not about a family it is about a crime. All families should stick together and love each each but having sex with a child is wrong!!!!!!!

Alfonz

I never said it wasn't wrong but when people sit back and blame the whole family for the mistakes a few make then that gets under my skin james is one person not the whole family and no I wouldn't like it because I have daughters and it's my job to protect them and my family

LookingDown

Not one rapist, murder, drug dealer, theft, child molester in my family! But thanks!

dajhalove31

How would you know qid you had criminals in your family.or not?? People do things in the dar seriously anyone is capable of rape, murder an ect...imean really i never thought several people was capable of serious crimes especially because we grew up together...but they should me different never put anything pass anyone because people arw unpredictable

dajhalove31

People are unpredictable,it amuses me that you can constantly throw someone's pass in their face as if they cant change i wonder how many things you've done and havent got caught for hmmmm

LookingDown

You have been aresstrd over 100 times from menseing to drugs to kidnapping! You have got to be joking! Get a life!

Alfonz

Ok check game when was the last time I've been to jail over 14 years ago I don't do drugs I don't sale drugs I have a wife a house kids and a good job where I make almost 16.00 an hour my wife makes more then me check game I don't ask any body for anything we don't get welfare and no assistance we pay our way out here I pay my child support to my kids and yes I struggle but that's life one thing I know is I've changed and u do have a life one one more thing everything you want to talk about is my past but my past won't be my future see we all have a story and a past and it's just that a past check game

LookingDown

There is no game check...how many ppl lives you messed up selling drugs, raping them, stealing, stalking, just cause you did your time doesn't mean your victims aren't still doing their time! Smdh. You have no clue do you!

LookingDown

No comment? Huh? Can't hear you!

Alfonz

First off who cares if his name is clinton have you ever hung out with us talked to us do you even know us or maybe you just read about us Man give me a break

LookingDown

Yep, one of your family members broke on my house!

Outspoken Citizen

We have to protect our children.

Theonewhowalksi...

We as parents are suppose to protect our children that's why I don't understand why the mother has not been arrested. She allowed her 15 year old to date a 24-25 year old man and they where having sex in her home. than she let the other two girls who were only 12-13 years old at the time date boys that where 17-18 what parent does that. Then she use to tell her girls to get the money for this men any way they can. So if you ask me she was PIMPING HER GIRLS OUT. AND FOR YOU ONES THAT DON'T KNOW THE MOTHER WAS HAVING SEX WITH JAMES CLINTON, AND A COUPLE OF THE OTHER BOYS. WHO ALL THAT PLAYED A PART SHOULD GO DOWN!!

DaTruth

He is guilty and you know it. Now you want to sling mud? A family of Murders, Molesters, Monsters,and now there is MIDGET!!! This family is a real live circus. Can you do any tricks?? lol That baby is scary!!!!

dajhalove31

Im not suprise what some mother's or parents are doing to get extra drugs,or money in their own pockets..and their children are the collateral for their habits. There's been sevral stories where parents are pimping their children out and when the funds stop they want to call rape and whatever else they think of to cover their own buts as well as getting even with a so call banker or drug dealer the entire story will come out im sure of that...and yes those so called parents need charges pressed against them for pimping their children.

DaTruth

ALL THE MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH LITTLE KIDS SHOULD GO TO JAIL. IF JAMES WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE THEN THE OTHER SHOULD BE IN JAIL TOO. THE LAW SHOULD NOT JUST SINGLE HIM HIM OUT GET ALL OF THE NASTY MEN WHO HAD A PART. IF HE IS INNOCENT THEN FREE HIM, IF NOT HE NEEDS TO LEARN A LESSON ALONG WITH EVERYBODY ELSE!!!! MOTHERS....STOP BEING STUPID....IF A GROWN MAN IS INTERESTED IN YOUR DAUGHTERS YOU SHOULD NOT ALLOW IT! THIS WHOLE MESS DIDN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN!!! NOW ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE HURT BECAUSE PEOPLE DO STUPID STUFF.

Mum-of-One

Blaming the victims and their families achieves nothing here. It is important to understand that victims and their families are not to blame. The perpetrator of the crime is to blame entirely here. We should be asking why does he behave this way?

Outspoken Citizen

These girls are the victims here. They are going to need some help dealing with the aftermath of this. Sandusky is a small town.

watched_ones

Wow...just wow. This is sick and this guy needs dealt with.

he said she said

Typical molester...get the trust of the parents and the victims first. This is a possibility as to why he was able to take the teens out of state.

Theonewhowalksi...

THE MOTHER APPROACHED HIM AND HER AND THE HUSBAND WAS USING HIM FOR MONEY. THE MOTHER WAS ALWAYS WITH THEM. WHEN HE STOP GIVING THEM MONEY THEN THEY WANTED TO GO TO THE POLICE REMEMBER THIS WENT ON FOR A YEAR IF SOMEBODY HAD RAPED YOU WHY WOULD YOU KEEP GOING AROUND THAT PERSON AND GOING OUT TO EAT, TO THE MOVIES, WALKING THE MALL. COME ON

DaTruth

Walk in blessings? Walk in the truth. This case is not about the mother. She is guilty of allowing her daughters to be aroung nasty perverts. Just because somebody offers you something don't mean you have to take it. She was stupid to even let her kids be around a nasty freak. If she did pimp her kids out, He nasty as a dog to take her up on that offer. A grown man should not want a kid! Do not try to cover up for you nasty relative. Pray for him. HE NEEDS HELP!!!

dajhalove31

Were you actually there?? So how can you actually say things happen the way there told unless you witness this?? Also how do you know if this.man is a freak or not?? Were you in relations with him? Some of the things your saying are very strong in words...as if you know more then your saying..and then you turn around and say bless and pray wow where do they do that? Oh wait in sandusky lol

DaTruth

get some help...Go watch a Madea movie.....

DaTruth

THE PAPER SAID THAT THEY HAD PREVIOUS COMPLAINTS BEFORE FROM OTHER GIRLS????

Theonewhowalksi...

DATRUTH!! THE TRUTH SHALL COME OUT AND IF HE DID IT HE SHOULD GO DOWN RIGHT ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE SCUM BAGS. I'M JUST TELLING PARTS OF THE STORY FOR EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THE PARENTS HAD THEIR GIRLS IN THESE GROWN MENS FACE, JUMPING ALL AROUND THEY NECKS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. RUE 21 CLOTHES AINT NO LAVISHING GIFTS. LIKE I SAID EVERYONE THAT PLAYED A PART IN THIS SHOULD BE CHARGED AND GO TO JAIL. I DON'T STAND WITH PEOPLE THAT COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN OR ANY ONE.

Theonewhowalksi...

START PRAYING! STOP TALKING!

DaTruth

You may need to start praying. Just because you buy somebody an outfit from Rue 21 does not mean you can have sex with them. I DONT CARE IF THE GIRL'S MOMMA HAD THEM NAKED AND OFFERED THEM TO HIM, SHOULD NOT HAVE TOUCHED THEM. HE NASTY AND YOU ARE NASTY FOR COVERING UP FOR HIM. WHERE IS HIS MOTHER, DID SHE TEACH HIM TO "PLAY WITH SOMEBODY HIS OWN AGE?" SHAME ON YOU FOR TRYING TO JUSTIFY A CRIME. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHILDREN IN YOUR FAMILY. THE TRUTH IS HE PAID SOME YOUNG GIRLS FOR SEX.... YOU DONT WALK IN BLESSINGS, YOU WALK IN DARKNESS. GENERATIONS OF NASTY SECRETS. WELL THE TRUTH IS OUT. I AM JUST WAITING FOR THE POLICE TO FINISH COLLECTING THE REST OF THE GUILTY PARTIES INVOLVED!

watched_ones

Well if he goes to Lima prison they just might deal with him like they did the rapist

xtensionofme

Omg, how gross!! This is just sick!

Outspoken Citizen

This family is known molesting children! He is related to the serial killer Curtis Clinton. The hand of justice needs sweep through the whole family. That is just nasty. There is no justifying having a sexual involvement with a child. These grown men are just nasty. There are too many (adult) women for a man to mess with a kid!!! Shame. We need some old fashioned justice!

Alfonz

People like you seriously make me sick on some serious stuff Curtis clinton was never even in Sandusky that man just got out of prison doing what 14 years and even when he was out he didn't even live in Sandusky what he did was wrong and I hurt behind it because I have daughters and wouldn't want them to go through that but all that is over our family have suffered enough over people like you guys who hide behind names and just talk down on others for no reason but I want you to know I still love you and wish you the best I'm happy in my life and yes I have a lot to fix because I'm not perfect but who is you guys can talk all you want and at the end of the it's just that talk I bet you not one of the 400 plus clintons I know will not loose any sleep and long after most of you are gone and for gotten we'll still be here have a good life I'm done letting you people soak up any more of my time have a good life tonight I'm going to just talk to god about my problems and pains and pray for all you ignorant people

LookingDown

I like how you think things are over once ppl are sencencted. Guess what there are emotional scares left forever and you are a piece of crap that continues to try to overvlook the victim! But hey you are the criminal so you don't care! Hope nothing happens to your kids cus karma sucks.

pptrsha

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE RAPED IN THIS COMMUNITY????? det Nixon has so many files on his desk and it will come down to a he said she said, if it ever goes to court, and these babies will never get justice!!!

DaTruth

Just ask the Clintons they will know....

mls

Det. Nixon does an amazing job in this community ! I know it sometimes takes a long time, but he knows what he's doing and he gets the job done.

Outspoken Citizen

Drug dealing scum. This makes me sick. Lavish trips to corrupt young girls. This family has a reputation of molestation for generations. He needs to be example. There are more that need face their judgment. They have gotten away with it for years. Finally.

DaTruth

OUTSPOKEN, I JUST LOVE HOW THEY SICK TOGETHER...COVERING UP FOR EACH OTHER....ALL GUILTY.

Lovely31

Why do you continue to hide behind your screen name if you are DATRUTH and you speaking it would not you want everyone to know who you are? Are you afraid of what might happen so you hide behind your computer screen? You need to really get a life because you are apparently lonely with nothing else to do but be on the computer talking down to people because your life is an atrocity and you are a horrible excuse for a human being.