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Fisher Island Millionaire Gets Jail Time for Letting 16-Year-Old Son Marry His Housekeeper's Daughter

Categories: Crime, Upper Class
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Dan Rotta recently got a brand-new daughter-in-law and a sentence of 180 days in jail. The Fisher Island millionaire took his 16-year-old son to Las Vegas and let him marry his housekeeper's daughter. Because the boy is married, he's now legally considered an adult, and his mother, Rotta's ex-wife, Renee Rotta, no longer has any legal control over him. Ms. Rotta is none too pleased, and the judge handling their custody battle has ordered Mr. Rotta to jail for contempt of court.

It's a bizarre tale reported by the Miami Herald's David Ovalle, but in essence Ms. Rotta wanted her son to attend the Logan River Academy in Utah. The boy is apparently smart but has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. So two years ago, Ms. Rotta sought a court order to send the boy to the academy. Its website describes the institution as a "boarding school for troubled teens." The judge handling the case at the time strongly agreed with the mother and ordered Mr. Rotta to enroll his son in the school.

For whatever reason, Mr. Rotta was dead set against the idea. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger believes that Mr. Rotta had gone behind his ex-wife's back and persuaded the school not to admit his son. However, Mr. Rotta also discovered that the school does not admit married students. So the month before his son was to enroll in the school, in December 2010, and just a day after his 16th birthday, he flew his son to Las Vegas and had him marry his housekeeper's 18-year-old daughter. In Nevada, only one parent needs to give permission to let a minor marry.

Judge Schlesinger decided that Mr. Rotta's actions constituted contempt of court.

"It is hard for this court to imagine a bolder, more egregious example of indirect criminal contempt," he wrote.

Mr. Rotta was ordered to serve 180 days in jail. The son, meanwhile, now lives alone in his father's Fisher Island penthouse.

[Herald: Fisher Island man jailed for marrying off teen son during divorce proceedings]

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22 comments
Ernesto
Ernesto

180 day is only a little over 6 months. With this guys money all he needs to do is hire some thugs and guards on the inside to protect him and hes good. I think the going rate is 3 cartons of camels for the inmates and a kids college fund for the guards. 

Vic
Vic

Don't worry the kid will do himself in one day. 

Peter Boucher
Peter Boucher

Yeah, and Jerry Lee Lewis at the age of 22 married his 13 year old cousin. Also Edgar Allan Poe also was 22 when he married his year old cousin, also at he age of 13,  Virginia Clemm, So what's up the judge's ass for ordering this man a 180 day jail sentence. If I were the judge, I would have banged my gavel down and say "Que Sera, Sera" (French for "What will be will be")

Kenneth Conway
Kenneth Conway

Well, at least the gross old coot didn't marry the housekeeper's daughter, which is how things usually turn out with rich old coots.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

Oh by the way, I am 26 years old, and I don't do illegal drugs nor do I live with my parents, in fact i live by myself. You are out of your goddamn mind, that if you think my parents dope me up, guess again, I hold a job, i volunteer in my community, and I help my grandmother every chance i get with food shopping, taking out the trash, walking the dog, carry heavy stuff for her like bag of potting soil, groceries, kitty litter, anything she cannot lift. and I don't speak to my father anymore because he don't take responsibility for his actions.

Lilducky269
Lilducky269

Some people are freaking dumb an thats a nice way . This is coming from a girl with ADD . Also In november I was in a coma for a month and had a brain tumor and a stroke . I was told Iv had add my whole life . In school I would do horrible . If I took my ad meds and kept taking them my grades were good . I was negitive and thought oh me add is not real was I wrong . Its REAL and If you say my parents Were bad id punch you in the face im in a wheel chair and i dont care

Clarny
Clarny

I have read this story and now I think DIANA has this same disease it explains why she said all the very bad things about all the Tacos Bells and how they make their bowls. If you saw the story about it in the New Time then you saw what she said and even used many other names in her comments even man names! But also she told me first she was going to do that before she did at the Adventura mall and she was yelling very angry about all the Tacos Bells and she would get them for the bad bowl she got and told me she would write all the news papers in Miami and I said dont do that but she did anyways and now probably all the Tacos Bell people have got fired from their jobs forever just because of DIANA she is so stupid!! So  now she probably has this same disease they said about this boy and it makes her crazy so if you see this DIANA I am telling on you now! 

Hueskie
Hueskie

Like any disorder it's a chemical imbalance.  Good parenting can help the matter if the parents can be taught certain regiments to help positively reinforce the wanted behavior, but medication management is almost always used in these cases in conjunction with therapy.

Dreamingofthenow
Dreamingofthenow

You have no idea what you're talking about, these disorders are not the result of bad parenting. 

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

For your information I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and you say that its not real? I call bullshit on your comments. ADHD Is real, and I am on medications for it 24/7. Its a real mental health issue. The medication keeps me calm and focused. If its left uncontrolled, the consquences from a legal, medical, and social point of view can be severe including up to the point of jail, death, and being an outcast from society.

Mayor_Richard_M_Daley
Mayor_Richard_M_Daley

This kid supposedly has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. Those aren't "disorders", they are the result of bad parenting.

m17marin
m17marin

this is not for the Green Card because the girl came from Colombia legally , this is for money only for money, the girl's mother is behind this. the girl's mother wanted to get the old man and since she couldn't, she end up selling her daughter. and I tell you this because I know her mother and her name is Esperanza Guzman

Guest
Guest

Did you think to perhaps use a full-stop?

Decent_American
Decent_American

You prove my point. You have ADHD so mommy and daddy can keep you high on drugs 24/7 so they don't have to bother parenting you. DOPER

John
John

I actually think it was quite a clever maneuver and perhaps the father was just looking out for his son!

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