Father jailed after he forced his 14-year-old daughter to MARRY the man, 24, who raped her and got her pregnant
- Keith Strawn was sentenced to 120 days in jail on a suspended sentence of four years
- Strawn took his 14-year-old daughter to Missouri in August 2015, where he allowed his daughter to marry 24-year-old Aaron Seaton
- Seaton had raped and impregnated her two months prior
- He was jailed for 15 years after being convicted of rape
- The teenager ended up having a miscarriage in October and the marriage has since been annulled
A father from Idaho has been jailed after he took his 14-year-old daughter out of state to marry a 24-year-old man who had previously raped her and got her pregnant.
Keith Strawn will spend at least 120 days in jail after being sentenced on a charge of one felony injury to a child charge. He will also serve a suspended sentence of four years.
The horrific ordeal began last summer after Strawn took his teenage daughter to Missouri, to marry 24-year-old Aaron Seaton.
Seaton is now serving a 15-year prison sentence.
Court records show dad Strawn 'harbored and protected' Seaton by allowing him to live with his teenage daughter.
His justification was simple: 'If you get them pregnant then you marry them,' Strawn told District Judge Greg Moeller during the hearing.
'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,' Moeller said to Strawn during the sentencing.
Strawn's defense attorney, Douglas Knutson, recommended a sentence of six days in jail and probation.
Knutson told the court that his client's decision to allow the marriage 'might have been a religious motivation.'
'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 said.
In court, Seaton offered a number of excuses as to why he raped Strawn's daughter claiming that he 'did not know it was wrong, it was an accident, no one was hurt, he didn't plan it and that he made a mistake, he didn't know how it happened and the victim was overly affectionate.'
The judge did not buy any of Seaton's excuses. 'It's hardly a glowing report,' Judge Moeller said. 'It suggests you are completely unaccountable for your actions.'
'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 said. 'This didn't happen once; it happened multiple times, and you clearly groomed the victim.'
Turning to the father, Strawn admitted that his actions were wrong.
'I love my daughter very much and I would never do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm's way,' Strawn said. 'I made the wrong decision, and I made that decision in duress.'
Along with the four-month jail sentence, Strawn will also have to pay a $3,000 fine.