Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dad who raped, impregnated daughter sentenced to 40 years (Weatherford, Texas)

The reporter leaves a lot of this story rather vague. The daughter was brought to Texas "illegally"? Does this mean she was an undocumented person from Mexico? That she was abducted from her custodial mother? All the above? At any rate, it sounds like this poor young woman lived only with her UNNAMED DAD, with no mother in the home.

Texas man who raped, impregnated daughter sentenced to 40 years

By Marty Sabota / McClatchy Newspapers
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Added 15 hours ago

WEATHERFORD, Texas — A Parker County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for repeatedly impregnating his daughter over more than a decade of sexual assault.

The assaults resulted in a child, a miscarriage and two abortions, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said.

The 48-year-old man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault. He will have to serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole, Swain said.

The woman “is certainly happy with the result,” Swain said, adding that it is “a deserving sentence.”

The daughter, who is in her mid- to late 20s, came forward last July.

“She did not want the same thing to happen to other girls,” Swain said.

The girl was reportedly was brought to Texas illegally when she was 13 and lived with her father in Weatherford, according to the Weatherford Democrat.

The abuse started as early as 1997 and was still going on last year when she reported it to the Parker County Sheriff’s Department.

When she was an adult, she became pregnant by the man again and was sent to Mexico to have the pregnancy terminated, the Democrat reported. When she was 25 years old, she miscarried a third pregnancy by her father. In January 2011, the woman became pregnant again and had an abortion in Dallas, the newspaper said.

Swain said no other children in the home apparently were abused.

The plea was entered May 10 in the 415th District Court.

Attorney Mac Smith, who was retained by the man shortly after his arrest last summer, declined comment.