The case involves Benny Stewart, 49, who was arrested on Nov. 20, 2009 and charged with felony incest. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in December.
On Wednesday, a jury convicted him of having sexual intercourse or sexual contact with his daughter between January 1998 when she was 7-years-old and November 2009. The verdict was delivered after about three hours of deliberations.
It doesn’t make sense for laws or headlines to use the same word to describe that this man did, which was child rape, to what some consenting adults do to express their love for each other. This man should have been prosecuted for child rape and any other associated crime. He’s a monster. He’d still be a monster even if he had no biological or legal connection to the girl who he terrorized.
As long as “incest” is applied to cases like this, I will prefer the term “consanguineous” to describe consensual sex and relationships between family members and relatives.