Crime

Judge vacates Clews' sentence, sets new sentencing hearing

Judge vacates Clews' sentence, sets new sentencing hearing

New information in the case of Christian Clews, a Carmel Valley horse ranch owner sentenced last February to 17.5 years in federal prison on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, has caused the judge in the case to vacate Clews' sentence and set a new sentencing hearing in March.

Federal District Judge Dana Sabraw vacated Clews' sentence in November, after prosecutors presented new information at a hearing last June that showed a woman who claimed to have been 17 years old when she was filmed in a video tape while performing sexual acts, was in fact over 18 at the time. The woman had testified to being a minor when the alleged crime was committed during...

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