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Monica Mares

The Clovis mother and son who made national headlines last year for defending their incestuous relationship have pleaded no contest to the charge.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced this afternoon that Monica Mares, 37, and her biological son, Caleb Peterson, 20, entered no contest pleas to charges of incest, a third-degree felony.

A neighbor confronted the two about their relationship in February 2016, and police were called to the scene, where the couple admitted they were sexually involved. They claimed to be in love and defended their relationship over the next several months, telling numerous news outlets they hoped to raise awareness about “genetic sexual attraction.”

Before jury selection began for this morning’s trial, the two accepted plea agreements and were sentenced before Judge Drew D. Tatum.

Caleb Peterson

Both will spend 18 months under supervised probation and are prohibited from contact with each other. Another 18 months will be served as unsupervised probation.

Reeb prosecuted the cases for the State of New Mexico and explained to the court she felt probation was an appropriate resolution to the matter, as neither defendant had a criminal record and imprisonment would “accomplish nothing.” Reeb also stated treatment was more important in these types of matters.

Criminal defense attorneys Brett Carter and Tom Harden represented Mares and Peterson respectively.