Jury Selected In Stepdaughter Insemination Trial

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The jury of seven men and five women has been selected to hear evidence in the trial of a man charged with impregnating his stepdaughter with a syringe.

The panel seated Wednesday along with four alternates will begin hearing evidence Monday in the rape trial of John Goff, 41, of nearby Stow. Jury selection began Monday.

The trial in Summit County Common Pleas Court is expected to last about four days.

Goff appeared relaxed as attorneys questioned prospective jurors on their ability to be fair and not prejudge potential testimony about "unconventional lifestyles."

Goff is charged with two counts each of rape and sexual battery and one count of child endangering.

Goff and his wife, Narda, persuaded lawmakers to change the state's rape laws after a man accused of molesting Mrs. Goff's daughter was acquitted.

Lawmakers changed the law in 1996 to include penetration with any object as a component of rape. Previously, only sexual intercourse was considered rape.

Narda Goff, 43, was convicted in a non-jury trial in March of helping her husband impregnate her daughter. According to paternity tests, Goff is the father of his stepdaughter's baby. The boy, born in September 1999, is in foster care.

The judge sentenced Mrs. Goff to three years in prison on charges of child endangering and complicity to commit sexual battery.

Mrs. Goff's attorney, Lawrence Whitney, argued during her trial that the daughter willingly allowed the insemination to fulfill Mrs. Goff's wish to give her husband a child. Mrs. Goff had a hysterectomy.

The daughter testified that her stepfather, an auxiliary police officer and former Marine, threatened to kill her mother if she did not agree to become pregnant.

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