Mom, Son Will Defend Incestuous Romance in Court

New Mexico pair face jail over incest charges
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2016 10:02 AM CDT
Mom, Son Will Defend Their Romance in Court

A New Mexico courtroom will be the scene of a trial sure to make many uncomfortable next month: A 36-year-old mother and her 19-year-old son have been charged with incest and face three years in jail, reports the Clovis News Journal. But Monica Mares and Caleb Peterson are anything but ashamed: In fact, they say they're madly in love and hope their trial raises awareness of something called Genetic Sexual Attraction. "Nothing can come between us—not courts, or jail, nothing," Mares tells the Daily Mail. She gave Peterson up for adoption when he was a baby, and he eventually found her on Facebook and moved in with her after he turned 18, notes the News Journal. The relationship quickly became sexual.

"I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings because I didn't see her as my mom," says Peterson. "It was more like going to a club and meeting a random person." The relationship came to light when a neighbor in Clovis confronted them about it, and police were called, reports KOB4. Both were arrested, though they are now free on bond—and forbidden by court order from seeing each other. GSA refers to sexual attraction between biological relatives, usually involving people who didn't grow up together, and the couple hopes their case might bring the issue all the way to the Supreme Court. GSA may be more common than you think. (More incest stories.)

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