Brandon Weathers, 40, of Omaha, Nebraska, is on trial for child abuse, but not rape, even after he impregnated his 13-year-old foster daughter in a bizarre case that authorities are not sure what to do with.
Weathers told police that he never had sex with his foster daughter.
He said that he impregnated her through a syringe full of his semen. His defense was that the 13-year-old really wanted a child, and was desperately trying to get pregnant.
“We’re not here for first-degree sexual assault of a child,” Weathers said, according to Omaha.com. “We’re here for child abuse.”
The girl, now 15, took the stand and recounted the abuse she suffered while living at Weathers’s house for two months, and the four months he continued to contact her afterward.
The girl, using the fake name “Allie,” said that Weathers subjected her to oral and vaginal sex more times than she could count, and gave her a cell phone so he could track her and text her.
Allie was a virgin when she arrived at Weathers’s home.
At a summer camp two months after the abuse began, Allie told her little sister and brother that she had had sex. She admitted it was with “Mr. Brandon” to her brother.
A camp counselor contacted Child Protective Services, but at first, Allie denied having had sex with anyone except a boy her own age.
“Because I loved him,” she testified, after being asked why she lied, reported Omaha.com.
Allie and her sister were removed from Weathers’s home but the abuse continued. They had sex in his car, again in his home, and at his workplace, according to Omaha.com.During an incident at his workplace, he allegedly told her his plan to use a syringe.Allie said Weathers told her he was going to insert a plastic syringe inside of her to “protect himself” from any trouble that he may find himself in, reported Omaha.com. After using the syringe, the two had sex.
Weathers reportedly tried to get Allie to take a morning-after pill, which she says she refused.
Allie later discovered she was pregnant and suffered a miscarriage. The fetal tissue was tested by investigators and found to be a positive DNA match for Weathers, reported Omaha.com.
“I helped her indulge a fantasy — it was very stupid on my part,” Weathers told the jury. “We never had sex. Did we use a syringe? We did. She even told me what her menstrual cycle was. She told me, and we timed it perfectly.”
Despite the fact that Weathers had a criminal record of convictions for burglary and theft, Weathers and his wife were allowed to become foster parents in 2013.