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Florida judge approves marriage of pregnant 11-year-old girl to her rapist after being sexually assaulted by church deacon for years

By Mason White 2:21 PM February 4, 2018
Pregnant girl (illustration)

A judge in Florida allowed the parents of a pregnant 11-year-old girl to move ahead with her marriage to a church deacon who raped the child for many years.

Sherry Johnson of Tampa said that she was only 8-year-old when the church bishop and deacon began having sex with her.

She lived with her mother who was very poor and couldn’t give her any lunch money.

Every morning, Johnson when to her aunt’s house to ask for some money.

Her aunt lived in the same house of the church bishop.

One day, when she was just 8-years-old, the bishop called Johnson into his bedroom.

He put her on his bed and raped her.

Johnson was confused and was not sure what had happened to her.

She went to the bathroom to wash as she saw blood running down her legs.

She told her mother about the abuse but Johnson was called a liar.

For the following three years, she was repeatedly raped by both the church bishop and deacon.

One day, a nurse examined Johnson at school and noticed that the child’s abdomen was swollen.

She took some tests and confirmed that Johnson was 7 months pregnant.

Johnson’s mother demanded that the deacon marry her daughter.

The three went before several judges but they refused to allow the marriage.

Eventually, they found one judge that approved the child marriage.

According to current state law, there is no minimum age of marriage in cases where the girl is pregnant.

By the time Johnson turned 18 years old, she already had 6 children with the deacon.

Johnson then filed for divorce and moved on with her life.

Johnson is now fighting for a new law that would ban child marriages in the state.