“A Stafford man who raped his 12-year-old daughter was sentenced yesterday to nearly 22 years in prison. Judge Charles Sharp gave the man, who is not being named to protect his daughter’s identity, the same 21 years and 10 months that a jury recommended in Nov-ember.
The father was convicted of two counts each of rape, aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties and incest. The misconduct came to light after the child got pregnant. “
“Police initially thought the father had gotten the child pregnant, but DNA tests on the aborted fetus showed the actual father was the girl’s step-uncle. According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Andrea McCauley, the girl, now 14, lived with her father in central Stafford from August 2007 until June of 2008. The girl moved back to Georgia to be with her mother, who is divorced from the father. She was five months pregnant by the time the mother realized that something was amiss.
The girl later told Detective Chris Cameron that her father regularly molested her when she lived in Stafford. She claimed she hadn’t had sex with anyone else. The DNA test proved otherwise. But by then, the child’s father had already made incriminating statements to police. The girl said at trial that she didn’t mention the step-uncle because she loved him.
The father’s story to police was dubbed by Cameron as the “sex ninja story.” According to testimony, the father claimed he had passed out from drinking one night when he was awakened by someone in a white nightgown on top of him.
He said he didn’t realize it was his daughter until the next morning, when he saw her wearing the nightgown.”
Story by Keith Epps