Report: New Mexico mother, teen son willing to face jail time over sexual relationship


A New Mexico mother of nine who is in a sexual relationship with the teen son she gave up for adoption is willing to go to jail and lose the right to see her other children over the affair, according to an exclusive published in The Daily Mail on Monday.

If found guilty of incest at a jury trial in September, 36-year-old Monica Mares and 19-year-old Caleb (born Carlos) Peterson could each face up to 18 months in prison.

Mares gave birth to Peterson when she was 16 and placed him up for adoption. Last Christmas, the two were reunited for the first time in 18 years, having reconnected through Facebook and meeting at Peterson's adoptive father's home in Texas. They returned to New Mexico, where they soon developed romantic feelings for one another and began a sexual relationship.

The Daily Mail reports Mares and Peterson were charged with incest earlier this year after police discovered their relationship in late February. They appeared in court in April, were held in custody for breaching a no-contact order, and were released on $5,000 bond.

"He is the love of my life and I don't want to lose him ... Nothing can come between us, not courts or jail, nothing," Mares told The Daily Mail. "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."

The couple told The Daily Mail they decided to go public with their story to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships involving close relatives who first meet as adults and become sexually attracted to each other.

"I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings, because I didn't see her as my mom," Peterson told The Daily Mail. "It was more like going to a club and meeting a random person. It didn't feel wrong, it felt normal."

Mother and son set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to raise money for their legal fees. They had raised just $130 of their $25,000 goal when the campaign was removed from the crowd-funding site.


Sinclair Broadcast Group reported from Washington.

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