Blame it on “genetic attraction”. That is the excuse Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, 32, gives for having sex with her estranged teen-aged son.
The California mom, who was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison on Wednesday in Napa County Superior Court, says she did not commit incest.
A local newspaper says Atkinson pleaded no contest to incest, oral copulation, lewd contact with a minor and distribution of lewd material to a minor. However, in a letter to the court, Atkinson said: “I don’t feel like I should have the charge of incest because there is something called genetic attraction that is a very powerful (phenomenon) that happens to 50 (percent) of people becoming reunited with a long-lost relative”.
Police sources told the NY Daily News that Atkinson met her son for the first time last year. She reportedly tracked him down on Facebook and sent the then 16-year-old boy nude photographs and inappropriate messages.
Police arrested Atkinson, when they found the pair in a hotel room in April, after the boy’s family learned about the relationship and contacted authorities, NY Daily News writes.
Some psychologists say Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA), the phenomenon to which Atkinson is referring, does exist. They claim it is possible for family members who are separated for long periods of time to become sexually attracted to each other. However, little research has been done into the undoubtedly bizarre matter.