Man given 9.5 years on probation revocation

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PARIS — A man convicted of raping a Rumford woman 20 years ago will serve almost a decade in prison after his probation was revoked Friday.

Justice Robert Clifford ordered 38-year-old Clarence P. Meeks to serve nine-and-a-half years out of 10½ years remaining on his underlying sentence after he appeared in the Oxford County Superior Court and admitted to a probation violation. Formerly of Rumford, Meeks more recently said in a court document that he is homeless. He was indicted in May 1990 on charges of burglary and gross sexual assault, which accused him of entering a woman’s apartment and raping her in April of that year.

Meeks pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault in July 1990, and two months later he was sentenced to serve three-and-a-half years of a 15-year sentence with six years of probation. In 1994, he served another year of the sentence after admitting to a probation violation. His probation officer charged in 1992 that Meeks had failed to report to him, changed his address without notification, and failed to attend psychological counseling and treatment.

Assistant District Attorney Joe O’Connor said that Meeks was also convicted of crimes in Georgia and California following his release.

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“Clearly, probation is not working,” he said.

A warrant was issued for Meeks’ arrest in October 1994 after he failed to report to his probation officer.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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