I'm sure the writers and producers considered themselves as "brave" for coming up with this angle of O'Brien confronted with a child bride, and presenting it full-on, and maybe they were, but ... it gave me the willies. It was completely unnecessary to have this kind of story, to begin with, much less presenting this type of angle. What audience are they aiming for, with that? There wasn't even anything "explored," really ... it was just there to creep O'Brien out - and apparently, us too! TNG seemed to be on this kid kick, for a number of episodes and I'm glad it ran its course, because they were all stand-alones and it just seemed like the show had stumbled, creatively.