Can a Mother be prosecuted if she did nothing to stop father from molesting children. According to Oklahoma law.

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Can a Mother be prosecuted if she did nothing to stop father from molesting children. According to Oklahoma law.

Father passed away long ago. Children grown now. Children thought mother did not know of molestations but recently found out she did and did nothing to stop it.

Asked on May 29, 2009 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

It's possible, but I doubt it's likely. But any case like this would depend on all the facts, and what offense was charged, under the laws of your state.  If you're served with charges, you need competent counsel from your area, to give you sound advice.  One place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com

In some cases like this, the molested children's mother was herself being physically abused, and was living in fear, and sometimes that has been seen as a good enough reason why the mother did nothing against her husband.


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