Nebraska father pleads no contest to having sex with and marrying biological daughter
HASTINGS, NEBRASKA: A Nebraska man, who had already been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to charges of incest in connection to having sex with and marrying his daughter, has agreed to a similar deal in another county.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Travis Fieldgrove, 39, and his daughter Samantha Kershner, 21, were arrested at their Hastings, Nebraska, residence in February after police were tipped off about the sexual relationship they were having.
Kershner had been introduced to Fieldgrove when she was 17 by her mother after insisting that she know the identity of her biological father. The pair had a normal father-daughter relationship for the next three years before it turned romantic and sexual in September 2018.
The 21-year-old told police she had been in a "jealous competition" with her half-sister over who could sleep with Fieldgrove first. Detectives also uncovered that they married at the Adams County Courthouse soon after they learned they were being investigated for incest.
When questioned, Fieldgrove tried to claim that Kershner was not his daughter since he was not listed as her biological father in her birth certificate. However, a paternity test showed that there was a 99.999 percent chance he was the father.
Both were subsequently charged with one count of incest, which is a felony. However, in June, Kershner was spared prison after she pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor and false reporting and was instead sentenced to nine months probation.
Fieldgrove had pleaded no contest to the charge of incest and was imprisoned for two years, with Hall County District Judge Mark Young giving credit for the 121 days he had already served.
He was set to serve 144 days more behind bars — he was reportedly ordered to serve a year's post-release supervision with no contact with his daughter — but has now pleaded no contest to charges of attempted incest in a neighboring county as well.
Fieldgrove will be sentenced in Adams County on January 14, according to the Daily Mail.