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New Mexico woman and son face prison time for incestuous relationship

August 10, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Mexico woman and son face prison time for incestuous relationship

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A New Mexico mother and her son are facing prison time after investigators discovered that the two were involved in an incestuous relationship.

Police say 36-year old Monica Mares and her 19-year-old son, Caleb Peterson, are currently facing up to 18 months behind bars if they are convicted of incest.

The couple, who were not in contact for close to 20 years, have not attempted to deny the incestuous relationship. In a bizarre twist of events, the two want to be permitted to be together and have called on others to donate to their legal expenses.

The mother and son claim that they have brought their affair public in order to raise Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) awareness, which is described as sexual attraction between relatives, such as siblings.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mares stated: “He is the love of my life, and I don’t want to lose him. My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us. Not courts, or jail, nothing.”

She continued, “I have to be with him. When I get out of prison, I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.”

Mares, who has nine children, told police that she is willing to give up her rights to see them if it means she could be with Peterson, incest is a crime in all 50 states, although the punishment significantly varies.

The two, who are currently living separately and are legally prohibited from having any contact with each other, started their relationship approximately one year ago after they found each other on Facebook. Peterson, who was born with the name Carlos, was given up for adoption soon after his mother gave birth.

Mares and Peterson stated that after they had met, they developed feelings for each other and the relationship soon turned sexual.

The mother said, “It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him. At first, I told him, “I’m sorry I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom, and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you.”

Mares claims that her son said that the feeling was mutual.

“He was falling in love with his mom, and I was falling in love with my son…We talked about it, and we took off to the park. I said, ‘Would you ever date your mom?’ And he said: ‘Would you ever date your son?’ And I said, ‘Honest truth yes, I would,” she continued.

As the two were staying in the woman’s mobile home with her two youngest children, a dispute between the family and their neighbors led their relationship to become public.

Peterson said in an interview: “Honestly I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults – when it comes down to it … She’s an adult. I’m an adult. I can make my own decisions. I never thought it would blow up into something like this.”

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