Despite the fact that she gave birth to his child, a Spanish court has acquitted a man of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
The defendant’s assertion that the adolescent sat astride him while he was sleeping on the sofa and engaged in penetrative sex was confirmed by the Pamplona court.
Since he had been very intoxicated that night, the man said he had no memory of the alleged encounter.
In December 2018, the girl was admitted to the hospital and gave birth to a boy, which the accused claimed came as a total surprise to both him and the girl’s mother.
A paternity test was requested by social services, which concluded that the baby’s father was the stepfather.
The mother of the girl accused the father of sexually abusing her daughter.
The girl initially said she was raped on the street before changing her story to back up her stepfather’s assertion that he was unconscious during their sex.
The judges ruled that the evidence against the stepfather was insufficient to convict him.
The decision, according to Altamira Gonzalo, vice-president of the Themis women jurists’ association, “takes us back to the kind of sentences we used to see in Spain in the 1950s or 1960s, when men in the family system had total immunity.”
“The sentence defies comprehension. The court just cared for the accused’s right to a presumption of innocence. It has disregarded its legal obligation to protect a minor as well as the fact that the legal age of consent in Spain is 16 “According to Ms. Gonzalo, who spoke to The Telegraph.