Keith Strawn, an Idaho father who forced his daughter to marry her rapist, was sentenced to jail time, three years of probation and fined $3,000. He was charged with injury to a child (video below).
Strawn was sentenced to 120 days, according to the Idaho State Journal, The Associated Press reports, a timeframe the judge did not choose arbitrarily.
"I would note that the 120 days is approximately how long this vile farce of a marriage lasted," Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller said during 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."
In 2015, Strawn’s 14-year-old daughter met her rapist Adam Seaton while Seaton was doing business with the Strawn family. According to International Business Times, sexual contact with the girl took place while she was drunk.
After the girl complained of stomach pains, it was discovered she was pregnant. A family meeting was held, and Seaton and the girl told the family they were in love and wanted to marry. The girl allegedly also said she didn’t want the baby to experience a split custody arrangement.
"If you get them pregnant then you marry them," Strawn said in court.
His attorney used religious motivation as part of the defense, but the judge wasn’t convinced.
"Attempting to now present yourself as some kind of hero for trying to protect a pregnant teenager by marrying her yourself -- I completely reject that as an explanation," Moeller told Strawn in court.
Strawn drove his daughter and Seaton to Missouri where 14-years-olds are permitted to marry under certain circumstances with parental permission. Seaton and the girl lived in Missouri briefly before returning to Idaho. Upon returning, the girl’s mother annulled the marriage.
Seaton was charged with rape in September 2015, a month after the marriage. He was eventually sentenced to 15 years in prison with the possibility of parole after three years.
During his trial, Seaton said the 14-year-old had been very affectionate. He claimed no one was injured and that the rape was an accident. He believed he did nothing wrong.
The girl had a miscarriage.