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Mother and Son Face Up to 18 Years in Prison for Love Relationship in New Mexico

Mother and Son Face Up to 18 Years in Prison for Love Relationship in New MexicoCLOVIS, NEW MEXICO – Monica Mares, 36, and Caleb Peterson, 19, told the Daily Mail they want to raise awareness for Genetic Sexual Attraction relationships. Peterson and his biological mother face trial in September.

A mother and son whose forbidden love affair could land them each a lengthy jail sentence have declared they are ‘madly in love’ and nothing will tear them apart.

Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year in New Mexico.

But the mother and son couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.

In an exclusive individual interviews with Daily Mail Online, they told how they are willing to risk everything to be together – and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid 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 said: ‘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.

‘I have to be with him. When I get out of prison I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.’

Incest is a crime in all 50 states, but the specifics of the laws and punishment vary greatly from state to state.

Mother-of-nine Mares said she would even give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and her lover.

The couple who currently live separately in Clovis, New Mexico – and are banned from having any contact with each other by the courts – first embarked on their love affair towards the end of last year.

Mares was just 16 when she gave birth to Peterson – whose pre-adoption name was Carlos – and he was adopted as a baby.

The 36-year-old, who didn’t raise Peterson, saw him 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.

The couple soon developed romantic feelings for each other and their relationship became sexual a few weeks later.

‘The first time I met my son in person I was so happy and excited I gave him a big hug,’ Mares said.’I went to go pick him up at his dad’s house in Texas.

‘He gave me a call and asked me to pick him up, I got butterflies in my stomach.

‘I met him outside and I knew it was him when he came towards me. He was crying and he gave me a hug.

‘It was almost love at first sight but first it was mother love. He gave me a mother hug.
‘He came home in the truck and came to live with me and we were both happy as mother and son.’

Mares said that at first nothing happened but she then started getting these ‘crazy’ feelings.

She said it felt different because she didn’t raise him as her child yet after all these years he came back to her.

‘It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him,’ she explained.
She continued: ‘At first I told him, “I’m sorry I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you”.

‘And he said: “You know what I am too. I was scared to let you know”. He was falling in love with his mom and I was falling in love with my son.

‘We talked about it and we took off to the park. I said, “Would you ever date your mom?” And he said: “would you ever date your son?” And I said, “Honest truth yes I would”.’
Mares says Peterson is the best thing that has happened to her in the past 19 years and wants to be with him for the rest of her life.

She understands that she risks losing all her children and going to state prison but they both want to fight it.

‘Caleb is willing to go through the same thing. Whatever it takes to be together,’ she said.

At first the couple lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph – keeping their relationship a secret from the world.

Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’.

But police soon found out about the clandestine affair during a call over a row between the family and some neighbors.

The couple was charged with incest – a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico – following the February 25th incident.

They were arraigned and appeared jointly in court in April – but were held in custody for breaching their no-contact order.

They were released on $5,000 bond and now face a trial by jury in September.

Currently Mares is not allowed to see any of her children or have any contact at all with Peterson.Yet she maintains that is has all been worth it.

‘It is every bit worth it,’ she said. ‘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.

‘It hurts he is far away. It hurts really bad. I wish I could see him, talk to him, but I can’t risk it.’

Peterson said he started falling love with his mom about a week after meeting her – but claims as he grew up with an adopted parents he never really saw Mares as his mother.
‘I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything,’ he said. ‘I never got anything my entire life and she went out of her way to make me happy and after about a week or so I started having feelings for her and I guess I fell in love.

‘It went beyond a mother-son relationship I never really viewed her as my mom. In certain aspects I do but mostly I don’t.

‘I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings because I didn’t see her as my mom, it was more like going to a club and meeting a random person. It didn’t feel wrong, it felt normal.’

Peterson claims it was him who made the first move not his mom.

He recalls: ‘We were hanging out just talking and I looked at her and she looked at me and I kissed her.

‘It was a real kiss it had feelings behind it, there was a spark that ever since then it just stayed.

‘Honestly I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults – when it comes down to it.

‘She’s adult I’m adult I can make my own decisions. I never thought it would blow up into something like this.’

Mares also said that it didn’t feel strange or wrong when the couple began their sexual relationship – but admits that it probably wouldn’t have happened if she had raised Peterson.

‘The first time we were physical 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.

‘If he had been with me all his life I don’t think anything would have happened between us.’

As well as legal trouble, the couple has met opposition from friends, neighbors, family members and the wider community.

Mares has been attacked outside her home and subjected to death threats.

She said: ‘I’ve been having a lot of trouble from the people in Clovis. They call me incest.
‘They say I’ve got a hit on me in jail and two hits in state prison if they send me there.

‘A hit means they are going to try and shank me, kill me. It’s been kind of hard for me to go to stores and stuff.

‘One incident happened at a nearby store there was a girl there I had trouble with before she ended up pulling knives out on us – it was me and my niece Tiffany.

‘She said “I’m gonna kill you” and all kinds of stuff.

‘I’m scared to go out so I stay home. They have my picture on the internet, they know my jail picture. I’m scared I’m worried.’

She said: ‘The law states that if you are related as they are – mother and son – you cannot have any type of sexual intimate relationship. It’s a fourth-degree felony. It’s the law so our office is bound to uphold the law so we are pursuing it.’

Reeb said that in her 20-year career as a prosecutor she has only handled a few incest cases.

She added: ‘This case is going to be difficult only in the sense that some people think that Caleb is a victim and not a defendant.

‘I have not got any feedback from the community or from anybody else believing that Monica Mares, the mother, that anybody has any sympathy towards her whatsoever.
‘Both have acknowledged they knew it was wrong, they are both consenting adults so they are considered co-defendants.

‘It’s only a fourth-degree felony so it’s the lowest level of felony in New Mexico.’

She added that if the couple reunited after their sentences – and law enforcement found out – they would be held accountable.

For Peterson, he is willing to wait for his mom if she’s jailed, and despite the risk of further prosecution he still sees a happy future for the unconventional couple.

‘In two years time I can see us living together happily living our lives,’ he said. ‘True love can do anything.

‘This whole case is about whether I have the right to love somebody and I sure as hell have the right to love Monica.

‘You can’t tell me who to love, who not to love.’

Swati Sharma

Swati Sharma is an editor at “On Breaking”. She is a very enthusiastic journalist and has worked for many Esteemed Online Magazines and Celebrity Interview, thus gaining a huge experience before joining the team at On Breaking. You can mail on gmail teenbabe1@gmail.com

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  • Devin McMusters

    I think this was dealt with very sensitively on that episode of The Love Boat where Gopher ended up in bed with his birth mother who gave him up for adoption. They realized that they were just confused by dealing with complicated emotions.

    • Michael Altman

      One of the great episodes that made The Love Boat the classic TV series that we remember…

    • Katherine h

      SVU had an episode about this sort of thing too…

      • Devin McMusters

        So did Happy Days.

        • Mack McClure

          Who was incestuous on Happy Days?

  • Other people need to mind their own !#$%& business .

    • Doug

      Someone wants to fuck their own Mum it seems. Maybe see a therapist for that dude, kinda gross.

    • rg2306

      ummmmm ewwwwww. And to the pedophiles, I suppose we need to leave them alone too? Mothers should know better. Love for ones child is no where near the love one feels for a partner. Nope, nada, do not pass go do not collect 200 bucks.Or maybe you had a little mom love too? That’s just gross on any level.

      • Alex F Stay

        consent is key buddy. someone under 18 cannot give consent. that’s the difference.

        • Oh, (bleeep) that “legal” sh*t. If the law had it’s way, on one would have sex,
          or know anything about it until they turned 18, and then suddenly it’s OK, eh.

  • Well, it’s gross, but they are consenting adults, and this does not affect me, so…..


    • AmericanFaith

      ya, it will affect this nation…It is an abomination, and it won’t stop there…the muslims are also asking for this to be legal, so as they can molest their young daughters…disgusting.

      • DropZoneMom

        Oh, SURE. It’s fine for YOU to molest your son AND daughter. But now you want to keep the Muslims from doing it?? HYPOCRITE!!!!

        • Leo Pelliccia

          fucking muslim rat bastards.

      • I look at it this way if a girl is old enough to bleed then old enough to breed

        • Michael Altman

          I bet that you are old enough to bleed…maybe some guy named Bubba will show you what these girls go through…

      • Michael Altman

        yes, Incest was obviously invented by the Muslims…Thank you American Faith for reminding us how sick those people must be…You comments are a Godsend to us, the moral majority, fighting to keep these here nation completely Christian, as God intended when he invented the USA…keep these relevant and poignant observations comin” honey..

        • eastsidelar

          altman….god didn’t invent the usa, idiot…..completely christian? what about jews? kick them out?..what about agnostics? atheists?.you’re an idiot…it’s “christians” such as yourself that give god a bad name…there isn’t a single thing christian about you.

          • CartoonCoyote

            I swear people can’t detect sarcasm without a tag anymore.

          • Michael Altman

            thank you….eastsidelar probably thought the article was auto-biographical

          • Katherine h

            Well, to be fair, there are a lot of Trump supporters that actually sound that crazy…

          • Michael Altman

            thank you, I was afraid someone might take what I was saying seriously, but not someone as astute as yourself….you and Adolf would have made great pals; his wanting to kick the Jews out just like you!! He was a wonderful Christian, just like you!! I bet you have a lot of longs sleeve brown shirts that you like to march around in….

      • CartoonCoyote

        Gods, I wish stupidity were agonizing–you’d be perpetually too doubled over to type.

      • jay

        Molestation implies a lack of consent. This kid is 19. That changes things, because hes old enough to consent.

        Im not condoning this by the way, i think its pretty damn gross. But I am going to point out your logical oversight in your comment. Were pretty big on consent nowadays in the US. This does not open up a gateway for parents to molest their children because we still have the barrier of consent in place. Just saying.

        • Secret Name

          How about we let them continue their gross relationship if they both agree to be sterilized. Then we don’t have to worry about them breeding that kind of degeneracy.

      • Katherine h

        I don’t know if my original reply is on here, but you are an idiot. Muslims do not support sh*t like this. I know, I am a Muslim! You, I know for a fact, are a Trump supporter. You know how I know? I know it to be true because they all think stupid sh$t like this is true.

        • AmericanFaith

          They do to, they sleep with their little girls don’t be an idiotmuslim. There is plenty of evidance that the men sleep with their daughters…liar.

          • Secret Name

            They do too* would be the correct terminology, AmericanFaith. Though incest is common in many Mislim countries, it’s more likely to be cousin incest (still gross) rather than nuclear family incest.

            evidence* idiot muslim*

            Please take the American part off of your profile name, you’re just proving the stereotype that Americans are prejudiced and uneducated.

          • AmericanFaith

            and you have nothing better to do with your life then to correct people’s grammar. And for that you think I shouldn’t be American?! how stupid, and Pathetic…and “idiotmuslim” is correct, since it needs to make it through the “Admin”, stupid. and ya maybe I am…so what. I don’t do PC, just because idiots like you don’t like it. Whaa.

        • Secret Name

          Actually, the facts disagree with you. There are plenty of Islamic Countries where over half the population and sometimes much more are made up of cousins or relatives being married.

          Of course, not all Muslims are inbred and there are Muslim dominant countries where less than half of the population is inbred, however, it’s completely false to say “Muslims do not support shit like this” when there are TONS of Muslims who are in incestful relationships.

      • Kill909

        Why is it waek people who must spew their religious beliefs on everyone all have the same comments arguments and sheep like stance on everything. Oh yeah because your all so easily brainwashed and cant formulate an original idea.
        Still i agree this is messed up and wrong on on every level.

    • this is not gross I think its beautiful all great mothers should let their kids make love to them

  • Bill

    Not surprising. First Brucy Jenner and now this. Next dogs and their owners.

    • Doug

      If you misunderstand the idea of consent so badly that you think 2 adult humans is the same as an adult human and a dog, then your parents may be related too.

    • rg2306

      Ummmmm that’s already happened. Dogs, goats, sheep, horses etc. Where you been?

    • CartoonCoyote

      Go drown yourself in a toilet.

  • Gina Donato

    Well on the bright side…when she gets tired of him she has 8 other children to choose from

  • trash panda

    Considering she didn’t raise him, I think it’s almost weirder that he would be attracted to a haggard woman twice his age with 9 kids and a body like a malformed potato than anything else. Don’t really see why jail is necessary, they sound like they’re getting punished enough just livin’ life.

    • Adam Raymond Ravenhurst

      It’s something on a genetic level, a familiarity, I’d wager. Without the foundation of a child/parent relationship that gets interpreted as romantic love.

    • DropZoneMom

      Apparently, he didn’t have any hot teachers to go after…..??

    • S Stark

      “…a body like a malformed potato..” That cracks me up! LoL!

    • Michael Altman

      Are we looking at the same woman, Trash….that momma is babalishous!!

      • Katherine h

        You made me LOL, and throw up a little all at the same time. Thank God I wasn’t drinking anything, or I would have drink coming out of my nose as well.

  • zj sky

    “Mother-of-nine Mares said she would even give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and her lover.”

    This is awful – I have heard of GSA and felt sorry for them until I read this. You don’t abandon your kids for someone who you view as a lover. She is 36 and can meet other men easily – she is a mother to those kids she created and to abandon them makes her evil

    • CEofthe3rdK

      I got that gut awful feeling too when I read that part about giving up her other kids like that! This is so very strange…

  • Jonathan AGO

    the kid is decent looking, i’m sure he can get girls his own age who aren’t ugly. his mother looks washed up and she’s my age, lol. wtf is going on in this world now.

    • Katherine h

      I got 5 years on her, and I look much, much younger than her…

  • John Juergens

    Her kids love him? You mean his brothers and sisters…err…..I mean sons and daughters? Yikes!

  • yiddish man

    this country is an affront to freedom

  • Malby

    On one hand, they didn’t know each other until he was 18. She gave him up for adoption. On the other, it seems that a 36-year-old (she looks 60?) would know better than to take advantage of a vulnerable young man. “GSA” is really not applicable here, as they didn’t know each other when he was growing up. Incest rules developed to protect young people from relatives with power over them. This “family” sounds like a disaster–10 kids and frequent police calls. He should high-tail it back to his adoptive family.

    • disqus_Ggomt9zM59

      Read more about GSA, that’s exactly what this is. It’s when people who are related, but never met until they were adults, form a sexual attraction to one another.

  • jay

    Pretty gross and disturbing—yes. Worth spending our tax dollars convicting these two and sending them to jail? Nah, I don’t think so. Especially when we have rapists out there who get out in under a year. As disgusting as it is, these two are consenting adults and they’re not hurting anyone, while rapists and pedophiles are doing so much more harm and getting off with a much smaller punishment.

    The only concern I have is for the children of the mother, that does seem like an unhealthy household for children to be raised in. But if we send the two to jail, then the kids are going to have to end up in foster care anyway. I would rather the kids end up in foster care and allow them to at least have the potential to have a relationship with their mother and brother, rather then have them in foster care and never see their mother and brother who are in jail. Its screwed up, thats for sure, and seems very unhealthy, but they’re both consenting adults who are doing no harm to anyone else, and the tax dollars it would cost to convict and incarcerate these two hardly seems worth it.

    • Yup, that’s the best comment here. The courts, the judge,
      the prosecutor have no sense a’tall. My constant rant about
      prosecutors is, are they just doing their job, or are they really that dumb.

  • let them live their lifes who are we to judge as long as they are happy. I think that is beautiful. besides incest should be legal anyway

    • Mack McClure

      You are sick, perv.

  • AmericanFaith

    sounds like the agenda is gonna let this happen…its an abomination in every sense of the word.

    • Alex F Stay

      Then Let The Lord Pass That Judgement.

  • Michael Altman

    All In The Family: staring Monica Mares as Edith Bunker and Caleb Peterson as ” Meathead” Love is never having to say your sorry!! Love is a many splendid thing….etc etc etc

  • S Stark

    I just puked! Yuck!

  • Schmo Schumacher

    On the bright side, being in jail well stop her from popping out more babies/ potential lovers.

  • Kim

    It is gross but newsworthy…no. They are adults. No one is hostage

  • Patrick Hush

    All I can hear now is banjo music from the that tree…………………….

  • Shawn Diemand

    While I cannot agree with their relationship, I really don’t see how this can even go to court. Once she signed away her parental rights and he was adopted.. LEGALLY he is not her son. Most states require a new birth certificate be issued with the adoptive parents names replacing the the birth parents names. Dr. Phil, please reach out to these two.

    • Nimrod0

      Most laws are written to cover both relation by blood, marriage, or adoption, dude.

  • Richard

    The issue with incest is not about “gross” or “ick” or even religious beliefs. I am surprised that none of the 50+ comments has mentioned the reason for concern with incest – there ARE victims: the children born from the incestuous relationship have a MUCH higher degree of genetic problems including:

    Reduced fertility both in litter size and sperm viability
    Increased genetic disorders
    Fluctuating facial asymmetry
    Lower birth rate
    Higher infant mortality
    Smaller adult size
    Loss of immune system function

    This is why the analogy to gay marriage breaks down. It is why society has a reason to guard against this. It is similar to why it is wrong to use drugs or drink alcohol excessively while pregnant – it can injure the fetal child for life.

    I am equally surprised that the so-called news story never included a paragraph about the real issue with incest – inbreeding. There is more involved than the right to love whoever you want. That is important, but hardly the only issue.

    • Wild_Bill_vintage_1948

      So, sentence her to 50 years, sentence to be suspended after she is voluntarily sterilized.

  • AmericanFaith

    most you people are disgusting…they will use this for their sharia law crap…degenerates

  • Haydn Hamilton

    well if boys can bang boys and girls and happy slap each other why stop there ..its only one more little fucked up thing to add to the pot of the happy happy we all so love to live in if they love it its got nothing to do with anybody else especially of they are consenting adults who decide to bump uglys in the heat of the moment..not our problem

  • Brandon Smith

    As the article points out, this is a very real scientifically observable thing. I’m quite glad this is becoming more and more discussed publicly because it will help characterize the discussion of homosexuality.

    I’m not weighing in on any side, but I will say that many arguments leveraged for homosexuality are equally valid to a mother son relationship. And any argument about the genetic irresponsibility of childbearing are countered by the fact that a)science is getting to a point where that can be over-ridden and b)a parent-child couple could adopt the same as a gay couple could.

    Actually, never mind. I AM weighing on a side. This is disgusting. I couldn’t even type that second paragraph without a visceral feeling of revulsion.

  • Brandon Smith

    Yeah, I think you are confused.

    Psychologically, you develop a sexual “shield” that keeps you from being attracted to people with whom you grew up in close proximity. This si why adopted siblings oftentimes also report no sexual attraction to one another despite them not having any genetic relationship.

    However, if you are not raised in close proximity, not only does this “shield” not develop, it oftentimes has the opposite effect. That is the “GSA” that this article is talking about.

  • Brandon Smith

    actually no. It’s not arbitrarily “18”.

    Some places in the US, it’s 16. Other places it’s 17, like here in Texas. Some places 18. Other places around the world it can be as low as 15. Some places, it all depends on the age of the people involved i the act.

    The point being that “consent” is an arbitrary moral law.

  • Brandon Smith


    We’re on the precipice of being able to design a person’s genetic makeup in utero. They just had a pregnancy with 3 genetic donors instead of just two. The idea that genetic monkey business is the reason why incest is wrong is the shakiest of ground.

    Not only that, many of the genetic problems you are listing are ALSO the product of people having babies too late in life. Are we going to make it illegal for late 30 year olds to have children as well?

    Moreover, any infectious couple are just as able to adopt as a gay couple would be. Or participate in any of the parental options that a gay couple participates in.

    So the analogy between a gay couple and an incestuous couple is INCREDIBLY valid.