Reported by: Deb
Photographed by: 9News
produced by: Neil
A Fairfield man is in jail because his daughter hasn't gotten her
General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
A judge ordered the father to stay on top of his daughter's education
months ago and when that order wasn't followed, Brian Gegner was sentenced
to 180-days in the Butler County jail.
The daughter, Brittany Gegner, says her father shouldn't be punished
for her problems.
Especially, she says because she's now 18, an adult.
"It's ridiculously wrong," said Brittany Gegner.
"Of all the punishments they could have given him, to make him go to
jail?," she asked. "I mean, probation – until I get my GED – would be
reasonable, but to send him to jail? That's overboard."
Butler County Juvenile Court Judge David Niehaus ordered Gegner to jail
for contributing to the delinquency of a minor by not following a court
order which required Gegner to be sure his daughter got her GED.
This comes after ongoing problems of Brittany skipping classes at
Fairfield High School and then, Butler Tech.
While Brian Gegner had custody of her, Brittany says it was while she
lived with her mother that she was truant.
"I'm about to be 19 and my Dad's being punished for something I did
when I was 16," she said.
"It's like I should, if anybody should be punished for this," said
Brittany. "I would way rather me go to jail than my Dad."
"They probably should have punished me if they were going to punish
anybody," said Brittany's mother Shana Roach. "Because she did live with
me at the time, but because he had the custody, that's why he's being
"But I don't understand the punishment all together because she's going
to school, she's been going for four months," said Roach. "The only thing
that's holding her back is she can't pass her math test."
Brittany has a daughter who's about 18-months-old.
She says she's determined to pass the GED for her daughter – and her
The judge says if she passes the test, her father could get out of jail
before his six-months sentence is up.
Brittany's step-mother worries the time in jail will ruin their
She says he could lose the job he's worked for 15-years.
"I never dreamed they would put him in jail for this – for six months –
it's crazy," said Stephanie Gegner, Brittany's step-mother.
"He has no control over what his adult daughter does," she said. "He
Court administrators say that even though Brittany is an adult now, the
case remains active in their court because she was a juvenile when the
They say this type of punishment is rare and reserved for extreme cases
when court orders aren't met.