A case of genetic attraction
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.
Authorities also recovered nude photos Atkinson had sent him after tracking him down through Facebook. She had not seen him for 15 years.
But in a letter to the court, Atkinson, claimed she did not consider it incest, the Napa Valley Register reported.
‘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 [per cent] of people becoming reunited with a long-lost relative,’ she wrote.
Little research has been carried out on genetic sexual attraction. But some psychologists say family members who are separated for a long time could become sexually attracted to each other when they meet as adults.
She reportedly had no contact with her son until last year when she began sending him inappropriate messages on the social networking site.
The boy was living with his father at the time and was aware Atkinson was his mother.
The sexual contact began after police responded to domestic violence reports between Atkinson and her live-in boyfriend in Nice, California.
The relationship came to light when the boy’s relatives reported the inappropriate Facebook messages between him and Atkinson.
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