Monica Maris, 36 and Caleb Peterson, 19 of Clovis, New Mexico are in love. There is nothing unusual about that. However, in this case, the normalities stop there. Maris is Peterson’s biological mother. She had him at age 16 and immediately gave him up for adoption. They were re-united last year via Facebook and the relationship ‘turned sexual’ after a few weeks. The two face 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest in a New Mexico trial this September.
The duo have decided to go public with their affair to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships. GSA is defined as sexual attraction between close relatives, such as siblings or half-siblings, a parent and offspring, or first and second cousins, who first meet as adults.
Mares is a mother of 9 and has said that she would give up the right to see her other children if it meant she was asked to choose between them and Peterson. She also has two facial tattoos, so good decision making does not appear to be part of her history.
“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.” Mares said.
The couple met for the first time in 18 years last Christmas when she picked him up at his adoptive father’s house in Texas and brought him to her home after the pair got in touch over Facebook. Initially they kept their love affair a secret. Peterson moved in with Mares in her trailer with her two youngest children. One of her children even started calling Peterson “daddy.” The affair was discovered by police after a February 25th altercation with a neighbor brought authorities to the residence.
The couple are banned by the courts from seeing each other. Mares say’s that if she goes to jail, they will continue their relationship after the jail sentence. Mares said that she will move to a state that is less restrictive on GSA relationships in order to be with Peterson. All 50 states have laws against incest, but the laws and punishments vary from state to state.