A woman who made a sex tape with her teenage son after they were reunited after 15 years apart claims their relationship was not incest - but a case of 'genetic attraction'.
Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, 32, was sentenced to four years and eight months behind bars in Napa County Superior Court, California on Wednesday.
It came after she was found in a Ukiah, California motel room with the 16-year-old boy, who had recorded his mother giving him oral sex on his phone.
Atkinson had tracked down her son through Facebook after 15 years apart.
In a hand-written letter to the court, Atkinson pleaded for leniency, saying she never intended to become intimate with her biological son.
Authorities also recovered nude photos Atkinson had sent him.
The investigation started in October when the son’s Napa relatives reported inappropriate Facebook messages between him and his biological mother.
The boy was living with his father at the time and was aware Atkinson was his mother. She did not have custody rights to her him.
In February, Ukiah police met with the boy’s grandmother and other relatives who alleged Atkinson was having an incestuous relationship with the son. The boy, who was described as “out of control” by police, was staying with a relative in Ukiah until he could be placed in a group home, according to court documents.
The father had sent the boy to Ukiah partly in an effort to separate him from his biological mother.
The grandmother alleged the boy was sneaking out of his relative’s house to meet with Atkinson in spite of a restraining order barring the woman from contacting the boy.
Atkinson could be out in as little as two years and four months for good behaviour.
Atkinson and the teen were found in a motel room on March 2.
Police found videos on the boy’s phone from a month earlier showing Atkinson performing oral sex on the teenager and having sex with him.Atkinson also sent nude pictures of herself to him from her phone, court documents said. They had also talked about running away together.
In May, she had pleaded no contest to incest, oral copulation, lewd contact with a minor and distribution of lewd material to a minor.
GENETIC SEXUAL ATTRACTION
Genetic sexual attraction is a phenomenon where close biological family members, such as siblings or cousins, become attracted to each other when they meet as adults.
If family members do not know each other during the critical years of development, they risk finding each other attractive.
Little research has been carried out into the phenomenon but some psychologists claim it exists due to shared personality traits, which are desirable in a partner.
GSA is rare between people brought up together, due to reverse sexual printing, where people become desensitized to finding family members attractive to prevent inbreeding.