An Idaho father drove his 14-year-old daughter to Missouri in order to have her marry the 24-year-old man who raped and impregnated her, according to ABC News. The 24-year-old was a family friend and the rape occurred in 2015. The pregnancy was discovered that summer after the teen complained of stomach pains.
According to a testimony by the girl’s stepmother, a “family meeting” was then held at which the teen and her rapist reportedly told her parents that they wanted to get married. In August, the father therefore drove his pregnant daughter and her rapist to Kansas City, Missouri, where 14-year-olds are allowed to marry with parental permission in certain circumstances.
According to court documents, the pair got married and lived together for about four months before returning to Idaho. Once they returned, her mother filed for an annulment. Her pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
Last week, the father pleaded guilty to injury to a child, and Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced him to four months in jail and three years of supervised probation.
“I would note that the 120 days is approximately how long this vile
farce of a marriage lasted,” Judge Moeller told
him at the sentencing. “While you sit in jail, you will sit and think
about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a
rapist because of you.”
According to court documents, the father said that he made a mistake but that he did it because he believed a man should marry the girl he gets pregnant.
The 24-year-old rapist was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony rape in April.
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