Troy man sentenced to prison

Pleads no contest to aggravated assault of 8-year-old

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — On Monday, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Brian Clem, 56, of Troy, to serve one year in prison for assaulting a then 8-year-old child in his Troy home last year.

Clem pleaded no contest to an amended charge of one count of fourth-degree aggravated assault on a bill of information in previous hearings. He was originally charged with 10 counts of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition prior to the plea agreement with the state.

Judge Gee questioned the amended charge, stating he was “concerned about this particular type of resolution” in terms of the joint plea agreement. Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker said the charge was amended to aggravated assault due to the victim experiencing severe emotional and physical harm from Clem’s actions. She also said while the aggravated assault charge is not what is “traditionally” thought of in terms of Clem’s case, it fit the law due to the significant mental and physical harm inflicted upon the minor victim.

Clem’s council Jay Lopez said the plea agreement was made with another member of the state prosecution and did not comment any further.

Clem stated, “I didn’t do anything” when Judge Gee directly asked Clem what occurred for him to plea no contest to the amended charge.

Judge Gee noted Clem did not express any remorse for his conduct, caused serious harm to the victim, and used his relationship with the victim to facilitate the offense. Clem was credited with nine days of jail time credit.

The female victim, now a resident of Kentucky, told detectives the incidents occurred at Clem’s Race Street residence when she would visit her grandmother who is a friend of Clem. The female victim claimed Clem would take her hand and make her inappropriately touch him while she was asleep, or pretending to sleep, multiple times from January through March 2015.

The victim’s father reported the crimes after the victim confided in a family member after they had moved away from Troy.

The victim’s father spoke to the court stating Clem was like family and helped Clem get a job and let him into his home. The victim’s mother had a family friend speak on her behalf noting the severe emotional and physical trauma the victim has suffered.
Pleads no contest to aggravated assault of 8-year-old

By Melanie Yingst