Sean Cole subjected his son to a horrific ordeal because he believed the child to be gay
A man and his girlfriend are facing life in prison after he got her to rape, sodomize and abuse his 11-year-old autistic son because he thought the child was gay.
A jury in Alabama convicted Sean Cole and Khadeijah Moore, of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.
The offences took place during the week of Thanksgiving 2016 when the boy was in Huntsville to visit his 29-year-old father, said prosecutor Tim Douthit, the Madison County assistant district attorney.
After Cole found his son in a ‘compromising position’ with another boy, he directed Moore to perform sex acts on the child, AL.com reported.
According to trial testimony, Moore, who was 20 years old at the time, raped, sodomized and inappropriately touched the child, who was also forced the child to perform sex acts on her.
‘It was solely that (Cole) was worried that his son was gay or might become gay,’ 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 boy lived in Georgia with his mother and when he returned home, asked her questions about sexual behavior that made her suspicious and she altered Huntsville police.
‘I have been prosecuting child sex crimes for a long time now, and this is the first time I’ve ran into anything like this,’ Douthit said.
‘The most terrible part of this is the little boy still doesn’t understand it’s not his fault.’
Khadeijah Moore (pictured) acted at the behest of Cole, her defense attorney said
When a forensic interviewer asked the boy what was going through his mind during the rape, the child replied: ‘I was thinking why is my dad doing this to me. Dad said to tell no one. I failed him – I just told you.’
Despite his ordeal, the boy, who turned 13 on Tuesday, is doing well now the prosecutor said.
‘But, he still thinks he’s the bad guy. It’s heartbreaking,’ he added.
Cole has been in the Madison County Jail since his arrest while Moore is considered a fugitive because she didn’t show up for trial after being released on bail.
Moore’s lawyer Reta McKannan said: ‘My client did everything at Sean Cole’s direction. That doesn’t make it OK. That doesn’t make it right.’
The trial began Monday and wrapped up with the guilty verdicts Tuesday afternoon and sentencing is due for May 24 at 11 a.m.