A Kentucky man must serve a six–month jail sentence because his 18-year-old daughter failed a math test.
Butler County Juvenile Court Judge David Niehaus ordered Brian Gegner to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor by not following a previous court order which required Gegner to be sure his daughter got her GED.
“It’s like I should, if anybody should be punished for this. I would way rather me go to jail than my dad.” Brittany Gegner, the daughter, tells WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. “Of all the punishments they could have given him, to make him go to jail?” she asked. “I mean, probation – until I get my GED – would be reasonable, but to send him to jail? That’s overboard.” Even Gegner’s ex-wife agrees the judge’s decision is absurd.
The problems began when Brittany was 16 and started skipping classes at Fairfield High School and then, Butler Tech. Court administrators say that even though Brittany is an adult now–she has an 18-month-old daughter–the case remains active in their court because she was a juvenile when the problems started. The judge says if she passes the test, her father could get out of jail before his six-months sentence is up.