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Man Avoids Prison After Impregnating 11-Year-Old Relative, Forcing Her To Get Abortion

The victim reportedly still lives in fear.

A man from West Virginia will not serve any jail time for impregnating an 11-year-old girl, whom he later forced to get an abortion. Instead, according to The Associated Press, Michael Joe Adkins has been handed five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for his 2011 offense. He will also register as a sex offender and receive therapy.

"I'm just going to be blunt: I hope you screw up during those 50 years so I can send you to prison," Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell said in court, according to The Herald-Dispatch. "If you violate any of the terms and conditions in the next 50 years, then the court can send you to prison — and I'm hoping that's the case, because you should go to prison for what you did."

Adkins entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, which means there was enough evidence for his conviction without him admitting any guilt.

A family member told the judge that the victim, now 18, lives in fear to this day. Media outlets have not indicated her relationship to Adkins, but it appears they are related.

Defense attorney Connor Robertson said Adkins has been under the court's supervision since his arrest 2011. He said that during that period, the only trouble his client got into was a few speeding tickets, and the supervised period should "only need to be a few years," according to The Herald-Dispatch.

Amanda Adkins, the defendant's estranged wife, pleaded guilty to child neglect in 2015. As a result, she was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 10 years of supervised release, according to The Associated Press. Other counts, which were later dismissed as part of the plea deal, alleged the Adkins tried to cover up the incest.

[Photo: Cabell County Sheriff’s Department]

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