An Alabama man has been convicted of organizing the rape of his own 11-year-old son, as reported by AL.com.
Sean Cole, 29, arranged for his girlfriend, Khadeijah Moore, to sexually assault the boy, who suffers from autism, because he was suspicious that his son was gay.
“It was solely that (Cole) was worried that his son was gay or might become gay,” Madison County Assistant District Attorney Tim Douthit said. “There was no evidence he had a sexual attraction to his son or children. He just though he could, for lack of better words, ‘straighten him out.'”
The horrific incident occurred on Thanksgiving weekend in 2016 when Moore, 20 at the time, sexually assaulted, sodomized and inappropriately touched the child.
When the 11-year-old returned to live with his mother, she became suspicious and alerted authorities after he told her what happened. In January 2017, Cole and Moore were arrested. Cole was held on $750,000 bail. Moore, however, did not show up for trial and is considered a fugitive from justice and was found guilty in absentia.
“My client did everything at Sean Cole’s direction. That doesn’t make it OK. That doesn’t make it right,” Moore’s attorney, Reta McKannan, told reporters. “As sorry as I am that my client is in this much trouble, I respect that jury for what they had to do.”
Douthit told the court that the young victim still did not understand that he did nothing wrong.
“The most terrible part of this is the little boy still doesn’t understand it’s not his fault,” he said. “He still thinks he’s the bad guy. It’s heartbreaking.”
The attorney went on to quote the boy as saying: “I was thinking why is my dad doing this to me. Dad said to tell no one. I failed him.”
Authorities have not released any information as to the possible location of Moore. Cole will face sentencing in coming weeks.
[Featured Image: Sean Cole/Madison County Sheriff’s Department]