Robertson started dating his wife Marsha “Kay” Carroway, when she was 14-years-old and he was 18, a relationship that could have amounted to statutory rape if they were having premarital sex.
Age difference is a key determinant in criminal charges in most states. In Louisiana under current law, a man faces possible criminal prosecution if the age difference is more than three years involving girls under the age of 15, and two years under the age of 17, according to legal references.
The Robertsons married in 1966, the same year their eldest son, Alan Robertson, who is 47, was born. A search online did not turn up a birth date for Alan or a marriage date for the Robertsons, and A&E did not return phone calls.
Kay was only 15 when she got married, according to The National Enquirer, although A&E bios say she was 16.
In the book, “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander,” Phil also said Kay was 15 when they married, but he claimed he was only 16, and that’s clearly a fabrication.
The possibility exists that Kay was pregnant before she married Phil, who was in college at the time.
A&E’s bios of the stars sugarcoat their romance, stating that they started dating as “high school sweethearts.”
The age of consent for consensual sex is greater than 16 in 21 states, including Robertson’s home state of Louisiana, where it is 17, according to a survey of state laws by TheImproper.
And, in nearly all cases the age of consent to get married is 18, barring parental consent or in cases of pregnancy. In some states, like Nebraska the age is even higher.
In Robertson’s home state, if either party to the marriage is between the ages of 16 and 18, both parents must sign off on the union. Under the age of 16, a court order is required to obtain a marriage license, according to legal references.
A newly surfaced 2009 video of a speech by Robertson has stirred up the latest controversy.
In it, he says: “Look, you wait ’til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks,” he said in a newly surfaced video.
He also adds to “check with Mom and Dad about that, of course.”