Man Allegedly Kidnaps, Rapes College Student So He Can Go BACK to Prison

JailPennsylvania man and already convicted felon was re-arrested  on Monday for abducting and raping an 18-year-old student from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) at gunpoint ... allegedly because he wanted to go back to prison.

The accused kidnapper and rapist Clarence Shaffer said the attack was "completely random." He's been charged with six felonies and is in prison on $2 million bail. What's most terrifying is that Shaffer isn't denying anything. And according to the local news, he said after the attack, "I am going home" (which they took to mean back to prison!). Chilling, isn't it? Although I don't know what's more frightening, that he did it on purpose to go back to prison or that it really was completely random.

The details of the crime are horrifying. Shaffer abducted the woman from a campus parking lot and forced her into the passenger seat of her own car. According to police, he drove to a pier and then forced her at gunpoint into the woods. He tried to choke her before sexually assaulting her.

He then reportedly put the gun down and when the alleged victim tried to escape, Shaffer picked it back up and said, "I could kill you now." He then fled. Holy sh*t.

My heart goes out to this poor young woman whose life has been so tragically, horribly altered forever. To suffer that kind of brutal attack and live is a miracle, but her emotional and physical wounds will take a long time to recover from. But what else is horrible is Shaffer's possible motivation for the attack. He wanted to go "home." To prison.

We seriously need to do better as a society if we're going to give people prison sentences for their crimes and then release them back into the world without any rehabilitation or plan for living out in the world again. This man clearly wasn't ready to be back in society, and his solution was to be arrested and jailed again. For a violent, brutal attack on a woman. Why couldn't he just steal a car or rob a bank? It's tragic and I can't help but wonder if it could have been avoided if we'd had some kind of safety net for people like Shaffer.

I don't feel sorry for him. But I do wish our prison system had done better and not let a man like him out to torture and assault women.

Do you think that our prison system needs to do more to support inmates once they're released?


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LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

He needs support for his arm so the warden can find the vein.

4cadi... 4cadillac

I*ll hold the vein!!! rolling on floor

power... powertothekids

ummm wouldnt it be easier to rob a bank or something?

Stevie Nicole Kutys

Im pretty sure if our prison system had any balls and it felt like HELL to these criminals, they wouldn't want to go back!


Physical injuries will heal but the emotional injuries will last unfortunately for some time. I hope and pray that she has good people in her life to help with her recovery

Flori... Floridamom96

Um, noooo. Our legal system needs to do a better job of seeing that men like this never get out.

William Bramblett

Sure, he can go back to prison, minus his dick and balls.  I'd also tatoo a big target around his butthole and mouth, just to make his rape and sodomy easier.  Either that or boill him in oil or skin him alive.  His choice. 


William Bramblett

Oh well, he's done.  Skin him alive, boil him in oil, makes no difference, as long as he suffers and ends up begging for death, screaming for his mom and dad.  NEXT!

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