A Brooklyn man was reportedly found guilty of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable -- raping his 14-year-old daughter. Kevin Bartholomew, 39, was found guilty of the incest rape of his teen daughter on New Year's Day in 2011. But he may never have been found guilty at all if the girl didn't have the courage and fortitude to do something incredibly smart -- she secretly tape-recorded him apologizing to her for the assault.
The unnamed girl recorded her father reportedly telling her, "I'm sorry," and "I don't know what came over me," and "Please don't do nothing."
The man's lawyer claims he was apologizing to his daughter for an argument with his girlfriend, not for raping her -- but obviously the jury didn't buy that. He faces up to 25 years in prison.
The details of how the girl got the recording are unknown, but without it, it could have been a case of "he said/she said." At 14 years old, to have the presence of mind to do something like that is unbelievably admirable. As it is not to listen to the "apologies" of the man who should have protected her but instead raped her. I imagine a lot of children -- through no fault of their own -- would have been swayed by this show of "remorse" and just wanted Daddy to go back to being Daddy and tried to put it out of their minds.
Scarily, the tape was almost not allowed into the trial because the law says that a minor can't be recorded without parental permission! So the girl recording herself -- without her rapist's permission -- would have been illegal. How twisted is that? But luckily the judge allowed the tape.
This little girl is truly an inspiration and it's horrific that she had to go through this and will live with this memory for the rest of her life. Hopefully, she can come through this and realize how brave she is.
Any words for this little girl?
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