District Judge Greg Moeller said during Tuesday’s sentencing, “While you spend those 120 day in jail, perhaps you will think about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a rapist,”
Last year Strawn took his teen daughter and her attacker, Aaron Seaton, to Missouri to get married. Seaton is now serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to rape earlier this year.
Strawn’s lawyer had asked for a light six-day sentence, saying his client might have had a “religious motivation.”
“She [the victim] told me herself that her father asked her several times during the trip to Missouri, and even the day of the marriage, if it was something she wanted to do,” Douglas Knutson said.
Strawn had been initially charged with two felony injury to a child charges and one felony charge of accessory to rape. He pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child charge as part of a plea deal, according to the station. Strawn was originally charged with two felony injury to a child charges and one felony charge of accessory to rape. As part of a plea agreement, the state dismissed two charges and Strawn pleaded guilty to one felony injury to a child charge.
The jail sentence was 110 days more than what Fremont County Prosecutor Karl Lewies recommended, which was that Strawn be sentenced to a unified sentence of three years, one fixed and two indeterminate followed by a $3,000 fine. He also recommended that the prison term be suspended and Strawn not serve more then 10 days in jail.
Strawn in his defense addressed the court: “I love my daughter very much and I would never do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm’s way,” “I made the wrong decision, and I made that decision in duress.”
Court records show Strawn “harbored and protected” Seaton by allowing him to live with his teenage daughter.