A dad and his girlfriend raped his young autistic son because they thought he was gay, a court has heard.
Sean Cole, 29, and Khadeijah Moore, 21, face life in jail after being found guilty of the horrific crimes in Huntsville, Alabama.
The 11-year-old, who lives with his mother in Georgia, had been visiting his father for Thanksgiving in 2016, when the sexual assault took place.
The court heard how Cole found him in what he considered a ‘compromising position’ with another boy and became angry. In response, he made Moore have sex with the boy. Cole then instructed him to carry a sex act out on Moore.
Cole and Moore, pictured, were each convicted on Tuesday of rape, sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. (Picture: Chris Murphy)
Tim Douthit, the prosecutor on the case, told AL.com: ‘It was solely that he was worried that his son was gay, or might become gay. There was no evidence he had a sexual attraction to his son or children. ‘He just thought he could, for lack of better words, ‘straighten him out’.
The boy’s mother became suspicious when the boy returned to Georgia and began asking questions about sex. He eventually he told her what had happened and she drove immediately to Huntsville to contact local police.
The couple was arrested in January 2017. Douthit said that when a forensic interviewer asked the boy about the rape, the boy said he thought at the time: ‘Why is my dad doing this to me?’
The boy told the interviewer: ‘Dad said to tell no one. I failed him. I just told you.’ Duouthit added: ‘The most terrible part of this is the little boy still doesn’t understand it’s not his fault.
He still thinks he’s the bad guy. It’s heartbreaking.’ Cole and Moore were each convicted on Tuesday of rape, sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. They are due to be sentenced on May 24.