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Trial Opens For Mom Accused Of Helping Husband Impregnate Daughter

By JOE MILICIA, Associated Press Writer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A woman testified Wednesday she was artificially inseminated with a syringe by her stepfather and that her mother helped by charting her menstrual cycle to determine when she was most fertile.

Narda Goff, 43, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of helping her husband get her daughter pregnant at age 16. Her attorney tried to place the blame solely on her husband, John Goff. According to paternity tests, he is the father of his stepdaughter's baby. The boy, born in September 1999, is currently in foster care.

John Goff is accused of breaking the very rape laws that he and his wife campaigned in the 1990s to make stricter. They began the effort after a man accused of molesting Mrs. Goff's daughter was acquitted because of a loophole.

Goff will go on trial later on rape and sexual battery charges.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge John R. Adams is hearing the case of Mrs. Goff, who is charged with conspiracy to commit sexual battery and child endangering. Earlier this week, prosecutors dropped two charges each of complicity to sexual battery and rape.

Mrs. Goff's daughter testified Wednesday that her mother was not present during both times she was artificially inseminated. She said her mother explained to her how she would be impregnated and charted her menstrual cycle.

The daughter, now 19, testified that on Christmas Eve 1998, her mother made her take a home pregnancy test.

"That was my mom's present for John - that I was pregnant," she said.

Defense attorney Lawrence Whitney said Goff threatened his stepdaughter by holding a gun to her head and telling her he would kill her if she didn't allow herself to be impregnated.

The daughter went to police after the Goffs would not give her the child in January 2001 when she moved out to live with her boyfriend. She went to police at the urging of her boyfriend and his family after she told them who the father of the baby was, she testified.

The Goffs have said their daughter willingly allowed seminal injections to fulfill her mother's wish to give her new husband a child. Mrs. Goff, who has multiple sclerosis, felt she was too old and sick to bear a child.

Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Brian LoPrienzi said the girl was homeschooled and lived a sheltered life. He said she was confused about the request that she have her stepfather's child.

"She thought it sounded wrong. It felt wrong," LoPrienzi said during opening statements.

The couple, who live in nearby Stow, had worked to change Ohio's rape laws after a man accused of molesting the girl years ago was acquitted in 1993.

Jurors could not convict the man because under Ohio law at the time, only sexual intercourse was considered rape. The couple's campaign persuaded lawmakers to change the law in 1996 to include penetration with any object as a component to rape.

About the same time her parents were meeting with state leaders, the daughter said, her stepfather began molesting her and threatened to kill her if she told.

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