A man who repeatedly raped his young stepdaughter over a three-year period was sentenced to prison Wednesday by a judge who unleashed scathing criticism of the man's actions.
The Logan man, 26, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life in prison for one count of rape of a child and another of sodomy on a child, both first-degree felonies.
As part of a plea bargain, 23 other felony charges were dismissed.
Prosecutors said the man told the girl he would kill her if she ever told anyone.
The man's wife told the judge she knew her husband needed to be punished and to repent but went on to speak at length of how hard this situation has been for her, how she has suffered from depression and how her neighbors don't understand that she still loves her husband. She asked that she be allowed numerous visits with the man while he is in prison and expressed a desire to reunite with him when he is released and eventually be sealed to him in an LDS temple.It's the all too familiar mantra often heard echoing from SOSEN's camp. The mantra of prideless women who care more about a man which exploited their trust to terrorize their children, than for their own children.
Allen rebuked her as well, noting that in two letters to the court and her comments in court Wednesday, the woman never once mentioned her daughter.
The girl had told her mother of the abuse early on, but the mother did not believe the child. The judge questioned why this did not put her on "high alert" for any signs of something wrong.
"Didn't you notice the bruises on your daughter's wrists and ankles?" he asked. "What kind of a mother would do that?"
Allen suggested she turn her focus from her husband and pay attention to the abused child, telling the woman, who still has custody of the child and four others, that he was "begging" her to get therapy for the girl.
These women are an enigma to me. And for their children they're unfortunately often all they have; It's unfair they should have to suffer as a result of their mothers lack of integrity. These children deserve much better than to be stuck with garbage parents like that.