Teen Girl's Rapist Fights for Visitation With Their Kid
Victim asks Massachusetts court to keep him away
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 1:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – A man who raped a 14-year-old girl in 2009 is now demanding visitation rights to see the child he fathered, reports MyFox Boston. His victim, however, wants the courts to keep him away. Part of the legal problem is that a judge sentenced the man, who was 20 at the time of the assault, to 16 years' probation instead of jail as long as he abided by the demands of probate and family courts. That means he has to pay child support, and because of that, he thinks he deserves visitation. "She got raped at 14," says the victim's mom. "She decided to keep her baby. And now she has to hand her baby over for a visit with her rapist?"

The victim's attorney wants a judge to fix the matter through legal semantics—call the money "restitution" instead of "child support" and strip the rapist of all parental rights. "He hasn't cared up until now. Why should he now? (The child) is three. She doesn't know who he is," says the victim. The outcome could well set precedent in Massachusetts, which, like most states, doesn't have a specific law on the books for this kind of thing, notes the TV station.

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Sep 28, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
Take my advice, kill all rapists, and we wouldn't have to be listenning to this bull$hit.
Sep 26, 2012 9:32 PM CDT
(Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT) If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her If we are going to have the theocracy that so many christians have been wanting then let the guy see his kid.
Sep 26, 2012 8:07 PM CDT
Rapist should not have parental rights. But the closeness in age, and the light sentence makes me think this maybe a case of (consensual) statutory rape. If that is the case, then he should have visitation rights.