A man accused of raping his then-13-year-old foster daughter told a Nebraska jury in court that he impregnated her with a syringe.
While representing himself at trial, Brandon Weathers explained to a jury Tuesday that his foster daughter ‘dreamed of becoming pregnant,’ and that at worse he is guilty of ‘child abuse or something’ since he claims to have never had sex with her, Omaha.com reported.
‘We’re not here for first-degree sexual assault of a child,’ Weathers told the courtroom. ‘We’re here for child abuse.’
However, Brenda Beadle, the chief deputy Douglas County attorney and prosecutor in the case called his claims ‘cockamamie,’ as he allegedly sexually abused the girl over a six-month period.
The 39-year-old man is facing 15 years to life in prison on each of the two counts of sexual assault of a child he has been charged with.
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Despite the fact that Weathers has three felony convictions and served two prison stints in the 1990s and early 2000s, he and his then-wife, LaQuela Chism Weathers, became fosters parents in September 2013.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathie Osterman said Weathers and his wife ‘completed all processes necessary including a home study and background checks,’ the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported.