A Nebraska woman managed to avoid jail time despite initially being charged with incest for having sex with her biological father as part of an alleged “jealous competition” with her half-sister to see who could bed him first.
Samantha Kershner, 21, was sentenced to nine months of probation after entering a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting, a reduction of the initial incest charge, local ABC affiliate KHGI reported Monday.
Police in Grand Island say Kershner had a sexual relationship with her father, 39-year-old Travis Fieldgrove, beginning in September, according to an affidavit obtained by the Omaha World-Herald. Authorities questioned the couple after receiving a tip about their alleged relationship, and they owned up to being together both romantically and sexually, the affidavit states.
Kershner told police that she first met Fieldgrove around three years ago after finding out from her mother who her biological father was, the outlet reports. Their relationship progressed as a normal father-daughter relationship until the two had sex on September 10. While the details on how or why the relationship turned physical is unclear, Kershner later admitted while speaking to police alone that “her motivation to have sex with her father stemmed from a jealous competition with her half-sister regarding who could have sex with their father,” the outlet reports, citing the affidavit.
Fieldgrove initially denied to authorities that Kershner was his daughter, claiming the fact that he is not listed on her birth certificate constitutes proof, but a DNA test administered by authorities revealed a high probability — specifically, 99.999 percent — that she is, indeed, his daughter.
The father and daughter married on October 1, and police allege that they did so after they caught wind of a police investigation into their illicit relationship, VT.com reports, citing a police statement on the matter.
Fieldgrove ultimately pleaded no contest to criminal attempted incest, and a judge sentenced him last month to two years in prison, according to a report from KHGI. Fieldgrove must also submit to one year of supervised release and he is to have no contact with his daughter.
Fieldgrove received credit for 121 days already served and will spend another 144 days behind bars, where a judge has ordered him to undergo mental health treatment as well as treatment related to his drug and alcohol usage.
His attorney, Jeff Loeffler, said in court that his client is “very embarrassed” by his actions and that he “wishes it never happened,” the outlet reports.
Fieldgrove, Loeffler said, has sustained a brain injury and is “certainly not a high-functioning guy.”
Kershner is due back in court on July 16, where she will face an additional charge of making false statements under oath, KHGI reports. The Adams County Courthouse, where the father and daughter married, require that the two individuals getting married list their birth parents on their marriage applications, but Kershner reportedly failed to list Fieldgrove on hers.
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