Did Dad Help Daughter, 14, Marry Rapist Per Religion?

| by Michael Allen
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Keith Strawn (pictured, left) recently admitted to transporting his 14-year-old daughter from Idaho to Missouri in August 2015 so that she could marry her 24-year-old rapist, Aaron Seaton (pictured, right).

Strawn was convicted for one charge of felony injury to a child. He was sentenced May 24 by Idaho District Judge Greg Moeller to 120 days in a county jail, but will be eligible for work release after serving 60 days, reports KTVI.

Moeller also gave Strawn a suspended four-year prison sentence.

"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," Moeller told Strawn.

Seaton was given a 15-year prison sentence in April. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony statutory rape in March, noted East Idaho News at the time. Seaton may have impregnated the teen, who miscarried in October 2015.

Strawn’s defense lawyer, Douglas Knutson, told Moeller that Strawn's choice to allow the marriage "might have been a religious motivation," according to KTVI.

In the Bible, according to Bible Gateway, Deuteronomy 22:28-29 states: "If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days."

"[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," Knutson added.

"If you get them pregnant then you marry them," Strawn told Moeller.

"I love my daughter very much and I would never do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm’s way," Strawn added. "I made the wrong decision, and I made that decision in duress."

Sources: FOX 2 Now St. LouisEast Idaho News, Bible Gateway / Photo credit: Fremont County Sheriff’s Office via East Idaho News

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