Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Incest After Parental Relinquishment and Adoption?

Only in Adoptionland where all reality is supended....

Wash. woman accused of sex with adult son
SEATTLE — A woman in Washington state accused of having sex with an adult son she had given up for adoption as a baby has been charged with incest.

The 33-year-old man told a sheriff's detective in May that he had a two-year sexual relationship with the woman beginning in 2004 after he tracked her down through an adoption agency.

The Seattle Times reports the incest charge was filed earlier this month against the 54-year-old Kirkland woman in King County Superior Court.

The woman was briefly jailed on Tuesday, then released. If convicted, she could face a year in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.
Information from: The Seattle Times

UPDATE 92/10:
According to charging documents filed earlier this month, 54-year-old Katheryn Thornton invited her son. 33, to come live with her and she said his presence made her feel "excited." She also admitted to having sex with her son for 18 months at her home in the Kingsgate neighborhood of Kirkland's annexation area.

The son said his mother's younger children knew he slept in Thornton's bedroom, but they did not know about the sex, according to the documents.

Relinquishment of parental right relinquishes all rights as a parent of your child.  You are legally STRANGERS according to the LAW. Then, you are charged with having incest, which is sex with a close relative!? Talk about double jeopardy! I woudl love to see that argument made in court.

And, why isn't the man charged?  He found her and he's an adult.  Does that not make them equally "guilty"? Wouldn't both be equally charged if they were brother and sister? 


Von said...

Strange thing the American law as it relates to equal rights.
It's not so simple.It is known in reunion and has to be carefully understood as part of the damage done by loss of attachment and the wish/need to reunite becoming confused.Others like Evelyn Robinson have written about this aspect of adoption.It's not to be punished but rather to be seen as another effect of the sad event that is adoption.

Mirah Riben said...

Yup. Just one other strange US law.

Now, if one party is a minor, I can see punishment.

Anonymous said...

They knew they were related. Both should be prosecuted. This is not an effect of adoption, it is incest. It would be different if they met and did not know they were related, but that is not the case here. No excuse for incest.

Mirah Riben said...

Either both or neither. I prefer neither.

I think incest laws are needed to protect minors being exploited by their elders, but two consenting adults - I see no sense in punishing them at all. To enforce this law is like enforcing laws against sodomy IMO. What two consenting adults do is their business.

Mirah Riben said...

AND it's legal double jeopardy since the law says he is not her son and she is not his mother!

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