Man Indicted In Pregnant 10-Year-Old Case

Michael Chaffer / Courtesy Ohio Department of Corrections
Michael Chaffer / Courtesy Ohio Department of Corrections

(CINCINNATI) -- Hamilton County prosecutors have announced the indictment of a man accused of getting his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter pregnant.

A grand jury indicted Michael Chaffer, 40, on two counts of rape and one count of felonious assault. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

Chaffer is being held in a Columbus jail on unrelated charges.

The girl, who was 11 years old when she gave birth, is living with relatives while the baby has been place in foster care.

According to the prosecutor's office, between the dates of Sept. 8, 2006 and Nov. 4, 2007, chaffer repeatedly raped the girl.

On Nov. 3, 2007, the girl was taken to university hospital complaining of stomach pains. The following day, she gave birth, having been approximately 35 weeks pregnant. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said the girl hid the pregnancy from her mother by wearing big shirts.

Prosecutors say a DNA sample taken from the child and Chaffer shows there is a 99.9% chance that he is the father.

"What kind of pervert raises a child from the age of three until she is ten and then decides it is okay to rape her?" said prosecutor Joe Deters. "If you are that kind of sexual deviant, you should spend the rest of your life behind bars."

Deters said he is going to argue in court that the pregnancy itself induced serious physical harm, which has never been argued before in Ohio.

Deters also added that he is looking into charges against the girl's mother.