Christian Clews and his (now ex-) wife
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On February 13th, a federal judge sentenced Christian Clews — a Carmel Valley rancher who pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography — to 210 months in prison.

But Clews, a former member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Group, is also facing civil action.

In January, a lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court by an unnamed woman who was the victim of years of molestation by the owner of a horse ranch. According to the lawsuit, the victim began boarding her horse at the ranch in 1995, when she was 13 years old.

Within a year, the defendant began forcing her to perform oral sex on him. The following year the unnamed defendant then began raping her as well as forcing her to engage in threesomes with his wife present. All the while the defendant would, according to the lawsuit, take "photographs and videos of [the victim] performing said acts...."

The defendant would show the victim videos he took of other minor girls performing sex acts on their toddler and in other instances on the defendant's dog.

While the civil lawsuit does not name Clews specifically, the dates of his arrest coincide with those released in the criminal case.

"In or about October of 2016, law enforcement raided the residence of [defendants] related to allegations of child pornography."

According to the federal criminal case, authorities raided Clews's ranch on October 28, 2016. During that raid they seized over 1000 images and videos of prepubescent girls in sex acts; in some, you could hear Clews in the background. But in his guilty plea, Clews only confessed to owning and distributing the videos.

During his sentencing, as reported, Clews defended himself: "I do not find children sexually attractive at all. I did possess. I did distribute, and I regret that.”

In regards to the civil suit, a judge ordered the case to be sealed to protect the identity of the victim.

The U.S. Attorney's office stated, “No federal charges were filed against the wife…now ex-wife."

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dwbat Feb. 15, 2018 @ 7:48 a.m.

Clews' lame excuse is like saying "I didn't like Fentanyl. I did possess. I did distribute."


Visduh Feb. 15, 2018 @ 7:12 p.m.

A 17+ year sentence in federal custody for a 54-year old is tantamount to a life sentence. Now if our new DA pursues these claims of sexual abuse and makes them stick, he's totally toast. But will Summer(land) pursue any charges? That is the question, and anyone who wonders about her abilities and priorities will find clues (pardon the pun) here. Let's all just wait and see what she does.


AlexClarke Feb. 18, 2018 @ 7:20 a.m.

Under the determinate sentencing guideline he will spend a little over half of the 17 year sentence. He will be in his early 60's when he is eligible for parole. He and his scum should get LWOP.


Acme April 11, 2018 @ 1:13 p.m.

AlexClarke, in the federal system, if an inmate gets credit for "good behavior," he or she will serve 85% of their sentence. For Clews, that means just shy of 15 years. It's not enough, for sure.


Wabbitsd Feb. 16, 2018 @ 3:36 p.m.

"The following year the unnamed defendant then began raping her as well as forcing her to engage in threesomes with his wife present."

The "unnamed defendant?"


Dorian Hargrove Feb. 16, 2018 @ 4:25 p.m.

Wabbitsd, yes because the girl was a minor at the time she could sue without naming the defendant to protect her identity. The defendant, his wife, and their mother who lived there are all named as DOEs in the civil suit. The allegations, mention of the horse ranch, and the time of investigation all show that Clews is the unnamed defendant. That make sense?-dH


Wabbitsd Feb. 16, 2018 @ 3:37 p.m.

Why would they NOT file charges against his wife, if she were indeed part of a threesome with this underage girl?


Visduh Feb. 16, 2018 @ 7:49 p.m.

When it came to Bahnee D, the DA, you nevah knew what went on. No DA has to explain the reasons for doing anything, or not doing it. If that makes you uncomfortable, join the club. So now we get to speculate just what kind of DA this veteran woman prosecutor will be. (BTW, she was the chief prosecutor of the three boys in the Crowe case, which resulted in two of the boys being legally exonerated. She can be really proud of that bit of injustice.) If you want to make any sense of most of this, good luck.


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