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February 21, 2006

The Worst Story You'll Read All Day

It's bad. But it gets worse.

He molested, impregnated and shot her eight times, but he still wishes her and her new husband luck.

While sitting in the St. Clair County Jail, William Camplin's eyes filled with tears as he talked about his stepdaughter, whom he molested, got pregnant, then shot eight times.


Circuit Judge John Baricevic sentenced Camplin last week to 34 years in jail on an attempted murder charge for the 1999 shooting of his stepdaughter, then 17, and her guardian at the time, Robert L. Pinnegar. The two got married in 2001.

Camplin married his victim's mother when the girl was 2 years old. Camplin and her mother have two daughters together.

"He was the only father I ever knew," she said in a telephone interview on Friday. "That turned into an obsessive, controlling, abusive relationship."
Camplin admitted he shot Pinnegar and his stepdaughter, but claimed he was desperate, after being charged with the statutory rape of the young woman.

That's bad enough. Check this out, though:

"Love is the most powerful thing in the world. You don't pick it," [the molester explained]. "Even if it's wrong, you don't choose it."

Camplin told the judge he loved his stepdaughter like a husband loves a wife or a boyfriend loves a girlfriend.

"It's disgusting," said Camplin's stepdaughter, now 23 and whose identity is being withheld because she is the victim of a sex crime. "He raped me. It had nothing to do with love."

In completely unrelated news, Woody Allen is scheduled to begin filming his new film, I Hear Ya, Brother.

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