Friday, September 02, 2016

  Woman, 36, who had a two-year affair with her stepson admits incest and has now given birth to their child  

A Victorian woman who had an affair with her teenage stepson, with whom she now has a child, has been convicted of two counts of incest.

The 36-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, began a sexual relationship with her then-husband's child in 2012 when he was 18 and still living at the family home in Canberra.

The affair lasted two years before the woman left her husband and came to Victoria to be with his son.

After formally divorcing her stepson's father, she became pregnant and gave birth to the younger man's baby.

The pair are still together.

Police charged the woman with two counts of incest and on Friday she was sentenced by Victorian County Court Judge David Parsons who said he was sentencing on matters of law, not morals.

'I am not here to effect a family reunion,' Judge Parson warned, saying there had been some strong emotions expressed in victim impact statements tendered after the woman pleaded guilty.

Judge Parsons allowed the woman to step out of the dock and sit next to her new partner for the hearing.

He sentenced her to serve a community corrections order for one year and said it was not necessary to add her to the sex offenders registry.

A psychological report tendered to the court said the stepson is a mature, independent young man with no indication of mental illness. '(He) has made an informed and independent decision to continue in a relationship with his father's former wife,' the report said.

Judge Parsons said it was clear all involved in the matter had been deeply affected and probably would be for some time but hoped the relationships could be mended for the sake of the children involved.


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