The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Matthew Koso

Previously I've mentioned Matthew Koso, the 23 year old man who was facing 50 years in prison for sexually abusing a 14 year old girl.

Koso with the permission of the child's mother, took the girl across states lines and married her. He was recently sentenced:

Judge Daniel Bryan sentenced Matthew Koso to 18 to 30 months in prison, saying probation wasn't an option because Koso continued to have sexual relations with his underage wife.

"Marriage is one of our most sacred institutions," Bryan said, "and it appeared to be the answer in this case, but it can't cover up a crime, and it can't make it go away."

Koso and the girl legally married in Kansas in May, after the teen's mother gave the couple permission. Kansas does not have a minimum age as long as there is parental or judicial consent; Nebraska requires those getting married to be at least 17.

Crystal Koso, the now married child asked the judge for leniency for her husband, as she wants their child, whom she hasn't given birth to yet, to be able to know Matthew.

"If you send my husband to jail, maybe you'll see my daughter here in 15 years," she said.

This way of thinking should enlighten us all to the mental development of a child at 15. Because, as adults we know that despite what one parent does or does not do, a caring, mature, and loving single parent can provide enough support to keep a child out of the court system despite where the father is. How many single mothers are out there that despite all hardships, are able to raise law abiding children on their own? At this point any fit mother would be concerned about how the fathers choice, and their own will effect the child in the future, rather than be concerned that the punishment will effect the child. Lenient sentencing will only reinforce to others that this sort of behavior is acceptable. And it will do more harm by teaching this child that you can avoid punishment by scamming the system.

Man Gets Over A Year in Jail for Marriage to 14-Year-Old


Home Sweet Home said...

There is always a possibility that the child she is carrying is a girl. And I would rather give her the opportunity to complain for the next 14 years about her husband's incarceration, than have her waiting 14 years, and begin complaining that if her husband had been locked up, he wouldn't have raped their daughter.