TOLEDO -- A Toledo woman who pleaded guilty to having sex with her adult son was sentenced on Thursday. Fifty-four-year-old Terri Walker was sentenced to four years in prison.
Police say she repeatedly had sex with her son, 28-year-old Kevin Ware, sometimes in front of a 7-year-old girl. Evidence in the case came to light while police were investigating allegations that the son raped the 7-year-old. 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.
Walker will have to go through Ohio's system of labelling sexual offenders.
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, in a story first broadcast on News 11 in May. 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.
Count on News 11 to follow this case as it winds through the court system.
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