A man told his girlfriend to rape his 11-year-old son with autism because he felt the boy was gay. AL.com is reporting that Sean Cole and his girlfriend, Khadeijah Moore, were both convicted of sodomy, rape, and sexual abuse of a child younger than the age of 12.
Both of them will be sentenced May 24 and are looking at the possibility of life in prison.
The crimes took place in 2016 when the autistic boy was in Huntsville, Alabama, spending time with his father. According to court documents, Cole claimed he discovered his son in a compromising position with another boy and then told his girlfriend to perform sex acts on his 11-year-old.
Prosecutors say Moore, who was 20-years-old at the time, went ahead to rape, sodomize and inappropriately touch Cole’s son. Prosecutors added that the couple also coerced the young boy to perform sex acts on Moore.
When the boy went back to Georgia and his mother, he began asking her sexual questions, which made her suspicious, Seattle Times reported.
The mother probed the boy who told her what had happened in Alabama. The infuriated woman immediately drove from Georgia to Huntsville to report the case to investigators.
Cole and Moore were charged in 2017. The 29-year-old father has been in the Madison County Jail since he was arrested because he could not meet his $750,000 bail.
Khadeijah Moore, now 22, met her bail conditions, but disappeared soon after and is presently considered a fugitive.
Defense attorney Reta McKannan asked for a new trial as the 22-year-old was convicted in her absence. The presiding judge declined the request.
Madison County assistant district attorney Tim Douthit told the court that Cole feared for his son’s sexuality and in his own eyes was doing something to curb it.
According to a forensic interviewer who spoke to the boy, the child was told by his father that he had failed him. Douthit said considering the horrifying ordeal the boy went through, he still blames himself for what happened that day.
“The most terrible part of this is the little boy still doesn’t understand it’s not his fault…he still thinks he’s the bad boy. It’s heartbreaking.”
This is not the only time that an adult has behaved terribly towards an autistic child. A harrowing Inquisitr story reports of how a Maryland mother tried to decapitate her 11-year-old autistic son after being “overwhelmed” with the care and attention that he constantly required.
In another Inquisitr story, a bus aide was arrested for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy with autism. A surveillance video showed Samantha Rose Poirier kissing the boy and allowing him to touch her breast.
Poirier had initially lied to investigators that it was the boy that made the first move.