Sean Cole and Khadeijah Moore were convicted for rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.
(Madison County Sheriff’s Office )
An Alabama father had his friend rape and sodomize his 11-year-old autistic son, because he feared that the boy was gay.
Sean Cole, 29, and his girlfriend Khadeijah Moore, 21, of Huntsville, Ala., were convicted Tuesday of “rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12,” AL.com reported. They both face up to life in prison and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 24.
Moore is considered a fugitive after she failed to attend court and a warrant of arrest against him was issued by the judge FOX13 Memphis reported. Cole is behind bars since his arrest in January.
The sexual abuse has been made during Thanksgiving 2016, when the then 11-year-old boy, who lives in Georgia with his mother, visited his father for the holiday. Cole reportedly discovered the boy in a compromising position with another boy” and became enraged, prosecutors said.
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Cole instructed Moore to have sex with the victim. Moore raped and sodomized the victim, and forced the child to perform sexual acts on her, AL.com reported.
“It was only that he was afraid that his son was gay or might be gay,” Tim Douthit, a prosecutor said. “There was no evidence he had a sexual attraction to his son or children.”
“He thought that he could, for lack of better words,” lay him out, ” he continued.
The crimes were reported by the victim, the mother after the boy returned home from his visit. She was concerned after her son started asking her sex related questions. The boy opened up and told her what happened, and they immediately went to the police to report the crime.
Moore and Cole were arrested in January 2017.
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Reta McKannan, Moore’ lawyer, said that her client “did everything on Sean Cole’s direction.”
“That doesn’t make it OK. That doesn’t make it good,” McKannan said.
Cole has previously been arrested for domestic violence, the court records showed.
Douthit said the boy told in an interview that he was in the war at the time of the assault, and asked, “Why is my father doing this with me?”
“My father said: don’t tell anybody. That failed him. I just told you,” the victim told the interviewer.
The prosecutor said that the boy, now 13, is “doing well.”
“The most terrible part of this is the little boy still do not understand, it is not his fault,” Douthit said. “He still thinks he is the bad guy. It is heartbreaking.”