When an Ohio judge denied a request for Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro to visit the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women he kidnapped and raped, the reason seemed pretty clear cut.
“I just think that would be inappropriate,” Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said last month.
The idea that Castro — who will be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to 937 counts — would have any parental rights is hard to believe. But in 31 states, rapists do enjoy the rights of a father.
Ohio currently has no laws that would take away Castro’s parental rights for fathering the child with Amanda Berry, who he abducted in 2003 when she was a teenager.
“I was astonished,” said Shauna Prewitt, who was raped when she was a senior in college.
Her daughter was six months old when she found out that the man who raped her wanted partial custody.
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