Mother and son have pleaded guilty to incest and plan to stay together
This mother and son have pleaded guilty to incest and plan to stay together
But they're fighting the law and say they want to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction.
It's not the first time we've heard about cases of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) - where members of the same immediate family embark upon a sexual relationship with one another - but this time a mother and son couple are taking their relationship public, fighting the law in order to try and be together legitimately.
36-year-old Monica Mares, from New Mexico, gave up her baby son Caleb (then called Carlos) for adoption when she was just 16. But when the pair reunited for the first time in 2015 after gaining contact via Facebook, their feelings were intense to say the least.
And not just intense in the way you might imagine a long-lost mother-son relationship to develop. As is typical of GSA, family members who reunite after having been separated for some time can develop the bond of a couple as opposed to a platonic relationship. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Monica recalls how she felt "butterflies" soon after meeting Caleb.
"I met him outside and I knew it was him when he came towards me. He was crying and he gave me a hug. It was almost love at first sight but first it was mother love," she said.
But after Caleb came to live with Monica, romantic feelings soon started to develop for them both.
"It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him," she told the Mail. "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'."
But to Monica's relief, Caleb felt the same, and the unconventional pair agreed to progress their relationship further.
"He is the love of my life and I don't want to lose him," says Monica. "My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts, or jail, nothing."
The problem is, courts havecome between them, because incest is illegal in all 50 states of America. The unconventional couple had been due to stand trial for their relationship, but both decided to plead guilty and accept a plea bargain as opposed to facing up to 18 months in prison.
Both Monica and Caleb admitted their sexual relationship, and have since been ordered to stay apart for 18 months as well as spending three years probation.
But the mother and her son/other half still want to fight the system; they claim they want to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction and be together legitimately in the eyes of the law. But at the moment, they're struggling. When police discovered the couple were living together in a mobile home with Monica's two youngest sons (the youngest of which even calls Caleb 'Dad'), they were charged with incest, and this is the punishment they've received.
Monica says it's all worth it, though. "There is no way anybody could pull us apart... I really do love him," she said.