A dad has been handed a jail term for forcing his pregnant 14-year-old daughter to marry the 24-year-old man who brutally raped her. According to The Mirror, the dad took his daughter and her attacker more than 1,000 miles to Missouri, where teens under 15 are allowed to get married with parental consent in “special circumstances”, like pregnancy. However, when he was later brought to court for forcing her daughter to marry the evil man who raped her. In a shocking outburst he told the judge: “If you get them pregnant then you marry them.”
However, the rapist has been handed a perfect judgement. The man identified as Adam Seaton, who is now 25, admitted rape in April, which was reduced to statutory rape during the trial. He is now serving a 15-year prison sentence, with sex offender treatment and substance abuse treatment.
While defending his client, the father's lawyer admitted that the man might have done what he did out of a“religious motivation". The girl later lost the pregnancy. “[The victim] told me herself that her father asked her several times during the trip to Missouri, and even the day of the marriage, if it was something she wanted to do,” the lawyer added.
The dad was said to have “harboured and protected” a criminal by allowing the rapist to live with his teenage daughter. But he told the court: “I love my daughter very much and I would never do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm’s way. “I made the wrong decision, and I made that decision in duress.”
He was ordered to serve a suspended prison term of four years, and 120 days in a county jail. The judge told him: “While you spend those 120 days in jail, perhaps you will think about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a rapist.”