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Violation of probation on statutory rape conviction dismissed on S.C. man

Becky Campbell • Dec 4, 2018 at 6:39 PM

A man accused of harassing and stalking an underage girl with whom he’d previously been convicted of having sex had his violation of probation charges dismissed Tuesday because the court determined he was not the stalker.

Clayton C. Boucher’s cases began after he met a Washington County girl online and drove here in June 2017 to have sex with her. He was found hiding inside the teenager’s residence after sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle parked there on June 5, 2017.

The call came from the teen’s mother, who apparently returned home around 12:45 p.m. that day and found a vehicle parked in the road in front of the house, according to court documents. When she found a man — later identified as Boucher — hiding in her laundry room, she called 911.

Boucher, now 30, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to aggravated statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and solicitation of a minor. He was sentenced to a total of two years of probation with the Tennessee Department of Correction, was ordered to not have contact with the girl, and he was released from jail.

There were allegations of three violations of his probation — November 2017 and two in December 2017 — in which Boucher was accused of stalking and harassing the girl. On one of those occasions he was in jail and in the other alleged offenses, another person was mistaken for Boucher. That was the basis for the dismissal of the charges he violated his probation.

Case Background

Boucher was at the girl’s residence by invitation from the 15-year-old and had apparently seen the girl several times during the week prior to his arrest. Initially, Boucher was arrested on charges of aggravated criminal trespassing, sexual exploitation of a minor, providing obscene material to minors and adult contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Those charges stemmed from officers determining Boucher and the girl had exchanged pornographic photos, including some of the girl that were located on Boucher’s cellphone. After searching Boucher’s vehicle, he was charged in a separate warrant with simple possession of marijuana, blocking a traffic lane, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of vehicle registration.

Court documents indicate Boucher had provided marijuana to the girl, and as the investigation progressed, Boucher also was charged with 22 counts of statutory rape.

The two met on an online dating website, meetme.com. A smartphone app also is available for the site, which advertises as a way to “meet, chat, and have fun with fun new people.”

The teen was able to access the dating site using a cellphone she’d purchased without her mother’s knowledge. She used the wifi at home to get online, according to court records.

The first physical meeting, and sexual encounter, between Boucher and the teen was in late May, investigators said. The teen told investigators she had been sneaking out of the house around 1:30 a.m. after everyone else had gone to sleep to meet Boucher nearby. After spending several hours together, Boucher dropped the teen off near her home around 5:30 a.m.

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