Syringe-Inseminated Stepdaughter Longs For Normal Life

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A woman impregnated with a syringe by her stepfather at the age of 16 said she longs for a normal life.

Shenna Grimm, 20, of Kent, whose stepfather was convicted last week of impregnating her, said abuse suffered as a child meant she had few carefree moments that others take for granted.

"I just want to be happy and normal," Grimm told the Akron Beacon Journal in an interview published Thursday.

As for her son, born in 1999 and in foster care since last year, "I hope he has a normal life and that maybe someday down the road -- when he's 18 to 20 -- he'll find me," Grimm said.

Her stepfather, John Goff, 41, of Stow, told the newspaper that Grimm lied about him in court for financial gain and said the jurors who convicted him were retarded.

"This was a malicious plan to try to sue everybody so she didn't have to work," Goff told the newspaper in a phone interview.

Goff, who was convicted of rape, sexual battery and child endangering, could get 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 8. His wife also has been convicted and was sentenced to three years in prison.

As for his trial, Goff said, "I didn't know they could find 12 retarded people for one jury."

Grimm was relieved when she learned about Goff's convictions.

"I was just like, 'Thank you, Jesus,'" she said.

Goff denied that he ever physically or sexually abused Grimm. He said he hasn't talked to his stepdaughter since she left home in January 2001, but would like to sit down and talk about her allegations against him.

Goff trial juror James Litz, 46, said who had impregnated Grimm was ultimately not that important to jurors. He said the deciding factor was that Grimm was a minor and was under Goff's care when she became pregnant.

Goff refused to give the newspaper his own account of what happened between him and Grimm.

"I'd never tell," he said.

Paternity tests showed that Goff fathered the boy.

Goff was convicted of breaking the rape laws that he and his wife campaigned for in the 1990s after a man accused of molesting Grimm was acquitted because of a loophole.

The couple's campaign persuaded lawmakers to change the law in 1996 to include penetration with any object as a component to rape.

Previously, only sexual intercourse was considered rape.

Goff and his wife, Narda, asked Grimm in December 1998, when she was 16, to allow Goff's semen to be injected into her. Narda Goff could not have children because she had a hysterectomy.

Grimm testified that she agreed because she feared John Goff after he threatened her with a gun and said he would hurt her mother if she did not comply.

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