Rhode Island woman who routinely had sex with her boyfriend in front of her 9-year-old daughter to teach her about sex was sentenced to three years' probation, authorities said Tuesday.
Rebecca Arnold, 37, and David Prata, 33, who received the same sentence this week, told investigators they thought the practice would help the child to learn, prosecutors said.
"Basically, and I'm tempted to say idiotically, they believed it was helpful to the girl, Ms. Arnold's daughter; they believed it was helpful to her development to see them engaging in various sex acts in front of her," said Mike Healey, spokesman for state attorney general Patrick Lynch.
The pair told investigators that they allowed the girl to watch their sexual romps but did not compel her to.
Now, I'm not sure if this is or is not healthy for the 9 year old, but I have to ask - why is this the government's business? If they showed the 9 year old a porn, would that be illegal? How about talking about sex? Photos in a book?
We can talk at length about how intelligent or appropriate it is for a parent to expose her 9 year old to live sex, but do we want the government to decide for us?
And what, then, is the acceptable age?