Father & Daughter Charged With Incest After Affair -- But Should They Be?

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If you're going to start a sexual relationship with a relative, might not want to do it in Utah. They really don't take kindly to that whole incest thing in Utah. A father-daughter pair were arrested on third-degree incest charges after they began a sexual relationship even though the woman was over 21 years old when the romance started. Now they could spend five years in prison.

The woman reportedly had been put up for adoption when she was a child -- unclear at what age exactly -- and only met her biological father for the first time when she was 21 and he was 52. A year later, they began a sexual relationship.

Because both of them knew about their biological connection, they were arrested, even though they are consenting adults. Utah has tightened its incest laws -- even eliminating artificial insemination as a possible defense. So if you happen to meet your sperm donor years later and think he's a hunk, you are totally out of luck.

I don't understand the whole incest attraction, but it's nothing new. Nor is it solely the province of the depraved, uneducated, or mentally ill. One of my favorite authors, Anais Nin, wrote extensively of her affair with her father. Author Kathryn Harrison wrote about the same thing. Neither was arrested.

I can definitely see the law coming down hard on incest when an adult takes advantage of a child -- that's rape. But two consenting adults is much more of a gray area. Obviously, the woman has some kind of daddy issues, but lots of women do. And the guy sounds like a real loser, but lots of men are. Should these two serve time because the object of their dysfunction is their close relative?

There is the increased chance of cognitive disorders in a child when parents are closely related. But what of parents who test positive for some disorder that almost surely will be passed down to their offspring if they procreate? No one arrests them. Besides, people don't have to have kids.

Just putting it out there for debate. I think the whole idea is pretty skeevy myself. But people who kill people with cars usually spend less time in prison.

On the whole, I think it's a good idea to keep incest illegal because in the vast majority of cases, incest is going to be a one-sided manipulative act perpetrated by the adult with more power. Not to mention that it's a big world, surely fathers and daughters can find someone else to date.

Do you think that incest between consenting adults should be harshly punished?


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fave82 fave82

Sigh.. Here we go.

LostS... LostSoul88

EWWW, how did I not hear about this?! I love here and it's not been in the news at all. Guess the ol' Mormon state like to keep things like this swept under the rug. If they're consenting adults, I guess who cares what they do but GROSS. 

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Just because they're "consenting adults" doesn't mean they're not sick in the head.

Betty Zam

SO now you think incest should be legal? Whats wrong with u?! This is obviously an issue and shouldn't be taken lightly. These people, especially the daughter needs psychological help. She is the one being sexually abused, and so many, including Mackenzie Phillips, state that the parent figure holds a certain power over their victims.

nonmember avatar Cass

We can't use the argument of "two consenting adults" to support gay marriage without allowing incest. Likewise, we can't use the "generic deformity" argument without banning couples with a high chance of birth defects from having kids.

Two consenting adults = legal. Period.

nonmember avatar damien

Adults can do as they want no matter how sick..but its funny that stir points out she was over 21 when the stir is on record saying its ok to do under age

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

They're both two consenting adults. Is it disgusting? Yes. Do I think its horrible? Yes. Do I think it should be illegal? No. You cant claim mental illness and haul some one off to jail. Honestly, this is one of those "its none of our damn business" things...

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

Cass- I'm confused as to where the connection between incest and gay marriage is being made. Two individuals who are closely related by blood should NOT be allowed to have sex with each other. Period.

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