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October 25, 2014

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Sex assault and incest convictions upheld against Las Vegas man

The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday upheld the sexual assault and incest convictions of a Las Vegas man who had sex with his daughter when she was 12 and later when she was 19, fathering two children.

The court rejected the argument of Delbert R. Douglas who argued he could not be convicted of both incest and sexual assault.

Douglas maintained the incest law requires mutual consent between two parties. And the sexual assault law characterizes an act that is not consensual.

He sought to have his incest convictions reversed. In both cases, the girl asked Douglas to stop.

After the first baby was born, the girl said the father was her boyfriend. But tests proved Douglas fathered the child.

The court said that “incest condemns sex between close relatives without regard to whether the intercourse was consensual.”

Douglas was convicted in 2011 of sexual assault with a minor, sexual assault and two counts of incest. He was sentenced to 20 years to life for sexual assault with a minor and a consecutive 10 years to life on the assault charge by District Judge David Barker.

The incest sentences ranged up to a maximum of 10 years on each count to run concurrent with the sexual assault penalties.

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