An Alabama man and his girlfriend were convicted of raping an 11-year-old boy with autism on Tuesday.
Sean Cole and Khadeijah Moore were both convicted of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, according to Alabama.com. The victim was Cole’s son, and prosecutors said Cole instructed Moore, now 21, to rape his son after he suspected that the child was gay.
The sexual assault happened around Thanksgiving 2016 after Cole claimed he found his son in a "compromising position" with another boy. Moore complied with Cole’s request and she has been found guilty of performing sex acts on the child and of forcing the boy to perform sex acts on Moore, according to AL.com.
"It was solely that [Cole] was worried that his son was gay or might become gay," Douthit said. "There was no evidence he had a sexual attraction to his son or children. He just thought he could, for lack of better words, 'straighten him out,’” Prosecutor Tim Douthit told the jury.
The victim lived primarily with his mother in Georgia. The incident happened during a visitation with Cole, now 29, and after the boy told his mom what happened, the concerned mother drove all the way to Alabama to report the crime.
This isn’t the first time Cole got in trouble with the law. He has been arrested several times in the past on domestic abuse charges, according to Madison County Jail records. It’s unclear if any of the prior arrests ever resulted in a conviction.
Both Cole and Moore face up to life in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced in May.
Douthit told AL.com that the victim still believes the assault happened because he did something wrong.
[Photo: Madison County Sheriff’s Department]