Nebraska charges man for having sex with 14-year-old wife

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    Nebraska charges man for having sex with 14-year-old wife

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A 22-year-old man faces criminal charges in Nebraska for having sex with an underage 13-year-old girl, although he legally married her in Kansas after she became pregnant.

    The man's lawyer said the couple, with their families' support, ``made a responsible decision to try to cope with the problem.''

    Matthew Koso, 22, was charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault, punishable by up to 50 years in prison. He was released on $7,500 bail pending an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing.

    After the girl became pregnant, her mother gave permission in May for Koso to take the young woman to Kansas, which allows minors to get married with parental consent. The girl is now 14 and seven months pregnant.

    ``The idea ... is repugnant to me,'' said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. ``These people made the decision to send their ... 14-year-old daughter to Kansas to marry a pedophile.''

    He said the marriage is valid, thanks to the ``ridiculous'' Kansas law, ``but it doesn't matter. I'm not going to stand by while a grown man ... has a relationship with a 13-year-old now 14-year-old girl.''

    Bruning, who has said he will seek a second term in 2006, has aggressively prosecuted sex crimes against children since he was elected in 2002

    The couple were married in May by a judge in Hiawatha, Kan., just across the state line from Falls City.

    Nebraska allows people as young as 17 to marry if they have parental consent.

    Kansas law, however, sets no minimum marriage age, although case law sets the minimum age at 14 for boys and 12 for girls. The marriage must be approved by both parents or guardian, or by a district court judge, said Whitney Watson, spokesman for Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. A judge also must approve if only one parent approves.

    Koso's lawyer, Willis Yoesel, said the girl's mother and Koso's parents approved of the marriage. He said the girl's father has not lived with the family for some time.

    ``It seems to me like they, as much as they could, made a responsible decision to try to cope with the problem,'' Yoesel said.

    ``The families are all united in this effort,'' Yoesel said. ``I don't know who is complaining. ... What benefit is there to anybody in the prosecution of this young man?''

    There was no comment from Koso, who does not have a listed telephone number.

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    wow...damned if you do, damned if you don't. :(
     
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    As long as the U.S. allows individual states to set the age of consent, this thing is going to happen. It has happened before. If a guy gets caught having sex with a minor, all he has to do is "marry" her, then run off.
    If this is going to be a federal crime, we need a federal age of consent.
     
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    Exactly the same reaons why we should've have states be able to set their own definitions of Marriage - which has ALWAYS been defined as a "union between a man and a woman"...

    Some fags could get hitch and Mass. only to have their marriage not considered real in most other states... gee, what a shame....
     
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    Please don't use the term "fag", I find it offensive. :eek2:
     
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    I find Mass. offensive. :death:
     
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    Don't push me..I'll throw the most hated term out there..It's coming to that ya know? :eek:

    BTW...I find Mass. offensive too..
     
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    I have never found a Mass to be offensive. Only some of the people who preside over them.
     
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    Once again both your LD and stupidity and prejudice and intolerance are being blatantly exposed by your own post.
     
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    I find that smilie offensive.
     

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