A California woman who had sex with her biological son was sentenced Wednesday to four years and eight months in Napa County Superior Court according to the Napa Valley Register.
32-year old Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, had pleaded no contest in May to incest, oral copulation, lewd contact with a minor and distribution of lewd material to a minor. This all stemmed from an incestuous relationship she was having with her 16-year old biological son.
Atkinson, who had been estranged from her son since he was 2-years old tracked him down on Facebook in 2011. She began to send him multiple inappropriate messages and nude photos. At some point the two began an intimate relationship.
Atkinson pleaded with the court for leniency, saying she never intended to become intimate with her son.
“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,” she wrote in her letter to the judge.
Police caught Atkinson in a hotel room with her son after being tipped off by the boy's grandmother and other relatives that the two were having an incestuous relationship.
The New York Daily News reports that "Good Morning America" ran a segment about genetic sexual attraction (GSA) last month. Some psychologists say that biological family members who are separated for long periods of time risk becoming sexually attracted to each other when they reunite.