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Ohio Mother Gets 3 Years in Rape Case

May 7, 2002

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ A woman who helped her husband impregnate her 16-year-old daughter with a syringe of his semen was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.

Narda Goff, 43, was convicted in a non-jury trial in March of child endangering and complicity to commit sexual battery. She could have gotten 10 years behind bars.

Her 40-year-old husband, John Goff _ the girl’s stepfather _ has been charged with rape and sexual battery and is awaiting trial.

Paternity tests confirmed that Goff fathered his stepdaughter’s baby. The boy, born in 1999, is in foster care.

Asked if she wanted to make a statement, Mrs. Goff broke down in tears. ``Just that I’m sorry,″ she said in a barely audible voice.

Mrs. Goff’s attorney had argued that the daughter willingly allowed the insemination to fulfill Mrs. Goff’s wish to give her husband a child. Mrs. Goff had had a hysterectomy.

The daughter testified that her stepfather, an auxiliary police officer and former Marine, threatened to kill her mother if she did not agree to become pregnant.

The daughter _ now 19 _ suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and depression and has attempted suicide _ problems Judge John R. Adams said stem from the insemination and birth of her baby.

Goff is accused of breaking the rape laws that he and his wife campaigned to make tougher after a man accused of molesting Mrs. Goff’s daughter was acquitted.

The Goffs persuaded lawmakers to change the law in 1996 to include penetration with any object. Previously, only sexual intercourse was considered rape.

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