Monica Mares and her son Caleb Peterson say they’re in love
Monica Mares, a 36-year woman and her 19-year-old son, Caleb Peterson have revealed they have fallen in love.
The two insist they are ‘madly in love’ and that nothing can tear them apart even though they have been ordered to stay away from each other.
If found guilty, they could be sent to prison for up to 18 months.
However the mother and son couple have decided to go public with their affair in order to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and make it legal for them to have a sexual relationship.
Mares gave birth to Caleb, who was born Carlos, when she was 16 years old and gave him up for adoption soon afterwards.
She met him for the first time since then last Christmas, after the pair got in touch over Facebook.
Caleb moved in with her and says he fell in love with her in part because she looked after him.
‘I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything,’ he told the Daily Mail. ‘I never got anything my entire life and she went out of her way to make me happy.
‘After about a week or so I started having feelings for her, and I guess I fell in love.’
The mother-of-nine reciprocated, and now says she would readily give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and Caleb.
‘The first time we were physical we ended up holding hands, and then we ended up kissing – and the kissing led to other things,’ she said.
‘I felt comfortable with him and we fell even more deeply in love.’
But Mares says she’s afraid to go out because people in her town know about the relationship, and threaten her and call her names.
Caleb’s personal life has suffered too. Since the affair became public, his dad walked out on him.
The two were interviewed separately so as not to breach their court ordered separation.
The teenager said: ‘If I could speak to her now, I would say to her: “I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to see you again”.’