40-year-old Travis Fieldgrove from St. Paul, Nebraska was jailed for having a sexual relationship and even marrying his biological daughter. He was tracked down by the daughter, 21-year-old Samantha Kershner, when she insisted that her mother tell her who her biological dad was.
According to reports, what prompted Kershner to engage sexually with her father was a “competition” with her half-sister. Her half-sister had jealously challenged her to a competition regarding who could successfully have sex with her father.
After Kershner had tracked down her father, the pair started having a sexual relationship last year in September. A little while later on October 1, the two got married in Hastings at the Adams County Courthouse.
Upon investigation and a DNA test, it showed that Fieldgrove had a 99.999% probability of being Kershner's biological father. Evidence also showed that the pair already knew of the father-daughter relationship before they started getting intimate.
According to the Grand Island Police Department, once they were notified about being investigated for their incest, the two quickly got married. It then followed that Fieldgrove was charged for the felony of committing incest under a plea deal.
The reports also say that Fieldgrove pleaded no contest to the attempt charge, and as a result, was jailed for two years. Hall County Judge Mark Young also gave credit for 121 days already served.
On top of his jail time, Fieldgrove was also ordered to serve post-release supervision for a year to ensure he would not contact his daughter again. According to Defense Attorney Jeff Loeffler, Fieldgrove felt embarrassment for the offense. He also added that the 40-year-old actually suffered from a brain injury, possibly being the reason why he would consider marrying his biological daughter in the first place.
Also due to such brain injury, Loeffler says Fieldgrove is not what most people would call a “high-functioning” person.