TOLEDO -- A mother accused of having a sexual relationship with her son faced a judge for the first time Thursday. 54-year-old Terry Walker pleaded "not guilty," and the judge set bond at $40,000.
Walker was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury after detectives found she was having a sexual relationship with her 28-year-old son. Evidence came to light while police were investigating allegations that the son raped a 7-year-old girl. During that investigation, police say the son told them he and his mother had sex in front of the girl, and told her what they were doing.
According to the police report, Walker was having sex with her son for the last four years. She stated in the report they would usually have sex with each other about twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Police say Walker expressed surprised to find out she was breaking the law.
"It's not something that allows a family unit to be intact," said Robert Clark, the prosecutor in the case. He and others in his office reviewed Ohio's incest laws and found a case of a man who appealed to a higher court after he was found guilty of having consensual sex with his 22-year-old stepdaughter.
The court in that case found the law made no exceptions for consent of the stepchild or the stepchild's age. Moreover, the court said parents do not cease being parents, whether natural parents, stepparents or adoptive parents, when their minor child reaches the age of majority.
"Those kinds of things tend to destroy family units and I think that's the whole purpose of the law," said Clark.
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