When Monica Mares of Clovis, New Mexico gave up her son Carlos for adoption she was a 16-year-old single mom. When he re-entered her life, he was a young man with the adopted name Caleb Peterson. They connected via Facebook and last Christmas Monica drove to Texas to see Caleb for the first time in 18 years. Like many mothers and sons, even those separated for years, their bond was immediate. So was their attraction. Monica and Caleb soon found themselves embroiled in forbidden, incestuous love affair.
The couple were found out after a brawl with nosy neighbors who, like many, disapprove of their relationship. They were arrested and charged with incest, which is a fourth degree felony in New Mexico. They were released on $5,000 bond on the stipulation that they avoid contact with each other. Until their trial in September, Monica is also forbidden from seeing any of her other nine children. The couple could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted.
Monica and Caleb remain defiant and steadfast in their love for each other. They say they have gone public with their situation to raise awareness and erase the stigmas associated with Genetic Sexual Attraction, or GSA, which is romantic attraction between close relatives, and is not entirely uncommon between close genetic relatives who meet as adults. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Monica said, "It is every bit worth it. If they lock me up for love then they lock me up. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him.”
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