"Vile farce"

Man sentenced to four months’ prison after forcing teenage daughter to marry her rapist

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An Idaho man has been given a four month prison sentence after he forced his 14-year old daughter to marry the 24-year old man who had raped and impregnated her. The father, Keith Strawn, was motivated by religious reasons, according to his lawyer. “If you get them pregnant then you marry them,” he reportedly told the judge during the hearing.

The father had taken both his daughter and her rapist to Missouri, where minors are allowed to get married under parental consent, and when there are “special circumstances, such as a pregnancy. “I love my daughter very much and I would never do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm’s way,” he told the court. “I made the wrong decision, and I made that decision in duress.”

The judge gave him a suspended sentence of four years, as well as 120 days in a county jail, telling him: “While you spend those 120 day in jail, perhaps you will think about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a rapist.” Her attacker pleaded guilty to a rape charge in April and is now serving 15 years in prison. The young girl is believed to have miscarried.

Read the full story at The Independent

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