Rape and Parental Rights

TitleRape and Parental Rights
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Skipper, RB
Date Published12/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIn 2011, Jamie Melendez, 20, pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl, and was sentenced by a Massachusetts court to 16 years probation. As part of the conditions of his probation, the court ordered Melendez to pay weekly child support until the child reaches the age of 18. Melendez offered to relinquish state-allowed visitation rights if the requirement for child support was dropped. The mother asked the court to require Melendez to pay criminal restitution in lieu of child support so she would not be forced into having contact with her rapist for 16 years. The judge ruled against her request. Should individuals charged with rape have any parental rights for children conceived by their criminal act?
NotesCase from the 2015 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition © Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Robert Boyd Skipper 2014