Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Husband Charged for Having Sex with Underage Wife

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - A 22-year-old man faces criminal charges in Nebraska for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, although he legally married her in Kansas after she became pregnant.
The man's lawyer said the couple, with their families' support, "made a responsible decision."

Matthew Koso, 22, was charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault, punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

After the girl became pregnant, her mother gave permission in May for Koso to take her to Kansas, which allows minors to get married with parental consent. The girl is now 14 and seven months pregnant. Nebraska Atty. Gen. Jon Bruning said the marriage is valid, thanks to the "ridiculous" Kansas law, "but it doesn't matter."

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