Man, 40, who married 21-year-old daughter despite knowing they were related jailed for two years

Man, 40, who married 21-year-old daughter despite knowing they were related jailed for two years

A man from Nebraska has been imprisoned for engaging in sexual intercourse with his biological daughter and marrying her despite police being on the case, reports state.

The 40-year-old suspect, identified as Travis Fieldgrove, was tracked down by his 21-year-old daughter Samantha Kershner, who pleaded with her mother to tell her who her real father was, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

According to a court affidavit, Kershner was allegedly motivated to be intimate with Fieldgrove over "a jealous competition with her half-sister regarding who could have sex with their father."

The affidavit stated that DNA results showed a 99.999% probability that Fieldgrove was her father. The pair reportedly got married on October 1 last year.

The court affidavit stated that police officers spoke to Fieldgrove and Kershner in September after receiving a tip about their relationship and allegations of incest. Both of them said that they were having a romantic and sexual relationship, according to reports.


The Grand Island Police Department, at the time of the arrest, said that "evidence leading up to the arrest suggests that Fieldgrove and (the daughter) were aware of the biological relationship before being intimate, and further indicates that they quickly married one another after being notified of the investigation."

Fieldgrove, who was initially charged with committing incest, which is a felony, pleaded no contest to the charges.

He was imprisoned for two years with Hall County District Judge Mark Young giving credit for 121 days he had already served.

He is set to serve 144 more days behind bars. The 40-year-old was reportedly ordered to serve a year's post-release supervision with no contact with his daughter. 

Defense attorney Jeff Loeffler, while talking to the outlet, claimed that his client suffers from a brain injury and is not a “high-functioning” person and that he is embarrassed by the offense. 

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