May 25, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236
BOSTON – Two Worcester County Assistant District Attorneys and a State Police Detective assigned to the DA’s Office were among 129 people honored last week during the Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank.
ADAs Courtney Sans and Lina Pashou, and Trooper Matthew Prescott were honored for their work on the case of Matthew Clem, who was convicted of multiple counts of child rape in Worcester Superior Court and child pornography offenses in U.S. District Court. The awards were presented by Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb.
“I am proud of the work of Courtney, Lina and Matt,” Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. “Their hard work with their partners in law enforcement led to the conviction of a sexual predator that lured young girls out of their homes to sexually assault them. The investigation showed that Clem solicited more than 1,200 young girls throughout New England.”
Clem, who used the internet and social media to find his victims, pleaded guilty to all charges and was ordered to serve concurrent 20-year federal and state prison sentences.
Also honored for their work on the case were Worcester Police Detective Brian Bisceglia, FBI Special Agent Jennifer L. Weidlich, and Homeland Security Special Agent Edward Bradstreet.