by Steven Ertelt
October 12, 2007
Portland, ME (LifeNews.com) — A local judge accepted a plea agreement on Friday from the parents of a teenager who abducted their daughter in a failed bid to take her out of state and force her to submit to an abortion. The agreement allows Nicholas and Lola Kampf to acknowledge their guilt to lesser charges but escape jail time on the more serious violations.
Meanwhile, their daughter, 20-year-old Katelyn, spoke out against the charges in a public statement at the hearing.
She avoided any eye contact with her parents and said the charges were too lenient.
Her mother told Superior Court Justice William Broderick, "This is a family tragedy. Those events have torn apart this family."
Under the agreement, the Kampfs pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges and had felony kidnapping charges dismissed. As long as the Kampfs follow the court’s request to receive proper counseling the assault charges will be dismissed as well.
The Kampfs were accused of kidnapping Katelyn and taking her to New York to force her to have an abortion. They supposedly tied her hands and feet and put her in the back of their car.
Their daughter, whom they had allegedly tied up initially at gunpoint, was able to flee after using the restroom and grabbed her parents’ cell phone to alert police.
They were arrested in a New Hampshire shopping center September 15 on their way to New York in an attempt to take Katelyn to a state with more lenient abortion laws to order her to have a later-term abortion.
District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said the plea agreement was reached because she may have had problems proving the more serious kidnapping charges. The agreement still holds the parents accountable for criminal conduct, she said, while allowing them to get counseling that will hopefully prevent future incidents.
Seth Berner, who represented Katelyn Kampf, told reporters after the hearing that the case was about the race of Katelyn’s baby, who was born in January.
Katelyn’s boyfriend is black and her parents were upset that she had planned to give birth to D’Andre Johnson.
"The Kampfs have a history of discomfort bordering on hatred of black people," he said.
The Boston Globe reported that Katelyn shook her head no when attorneys for the parents told the court race was not a factor in the kidnapping and forced abortion attempt.
"Part of the reason this happened was because he was black," she told the court about her boyfriend.
Katelyn Kampf, who spoke out yesterday against the reduced charges for the first time, said she would be in court to air her opposition to them.
"What I’ve been looking for is some sort of justice," she told the Associated Press. "Them walking away with a misdemeanor is certainly not that."
Her parents will not ever see her or the child again, she has said.
"I don’t think I could ever face them again. Just knowing. I mean some of the things they said just replay in my mind all the time. My mom spit in my face twice. She told me she wished she’d never had me, that I was the biggest mistake of her life," she said.
The young woman also talked about what happened that day she was abducted.
"I did end up making a run for it," Katelyn Kampf said about how she tried to flee her parents. "At one point, I ran out of the house. My father chased me down our driveway and tackled me, and I had grass stains all over, and I was screaming for help."
She also told WMTW that her mother made it clear she wanted to kill Katelyn’s six-month-old unborn child at some point.
"At one point, she (Lola Kampf) said something about making me have the baby and then killing it, and she would do whatever necessary to make sure the baby never came into the world," she said.