A DNA test twelve years ago confirmed that Montgomery was in fact the father of his own grandchild. Montgomery was indicted at the time but bonded out of jail. Both daughter and Father lived civilly in the same town throughout the years, until Stevens kept pushing authorities to prosecute her father for the abuse.
After the sentencing, Stevens, who admits she sometimes confuses the fact that her child is also her brother says, she is shocked by the lenient punishment. The young Mom told WIS News 10, “It was a slap in the face. To wait 14 years and all a person gets is one year? A pat on the back, telling them it’s okay to molest your daughter, impregnate her, and for her to have a child, a blind child? It’s OK?”
Stevens says that during the trial her father was devoid of any emotion. “He was calm, didn’t show any remorse,” she told WIS News 10. “I sat there and I cried out. The only thing he did say was that he had a problem. He finally admitted he had a problem.”
The Lancaster County, S.C., woman says that she was too young to understand what was being done to her by Montgomery. Stevens told WIS News 10 that her dad would enter her room late at night, remove her clothing, and sexually molest her, “And he would leave and he would say, ‘You better not stay up all night,’ and I would go in the bathroom and I would cry. The next night he may not do it, but the next night, he would repeat the same thing.”
Stevens shared a trailer with her father, and when she became pregnant with her brother, she did not even know about her status until her dad felt the baby kick during sex. A few days after her discovery, she went in to labor. Stevens says that she never even received any prenatal care and that there was nothing extraordinary about the change in size of her abdomen.
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As far as telling her son that Montgomery is his father and grandfather and about the legalities involving the case, Stevens has chosen not to discuss any of this with him as of yet, because he is dealing with his own host of health issues.
When Montgomery is released from prison, he will be on probation for an additional four years and will have to register as a sex offender. In the meantime, however, fueled by the injustice of her case, Stevens is on a path to fight for those whose lives have been derailed by the crimes committed against them. “From this day forward, I will pledge to fight for victim’s rights to make sure this never happens again!”