Mother and Son Plead in Incest Case in Clovis

Just before a jury trial, the two took a plea.

CLOVIS, NM (PRESS RELEASE) - Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced Monica Mares, age 37; and her biological son, Caleb Peterson, age 20, entered no contest pleas to the charge of Incest, a third degree felony.

A neighbor confronted the two about their incestuous relationship in February of 2016, and police were called to the scene where the couple admitted they were sexually involved.

This morning [Wednesday morning] before jury selection began for the trial; the two accepted the plea agreements and were sentenced before the Honorable Drew D. Tatum.   Both will spend 18 months under supervised probation and are prohibited from contact with each other.  Another 18 months will be served as unsupervised probation.

District Attorney, Andrea Reeb prosecuted the cases for the State of New Mexico.  Reeb explained to the Court that she felt probation was an appropriate resolution to the matters to as neither Defendant had a criminal record and putting them in prison would accomplish nothing.  Reeb also stated that treatment was more important in these types of matters.

Criminal Defense Attorneys Brett Carter, represented Mares, and Tom Harden represented Caleb Peterson.

(Press release from Ninth Judicial District Attorney)

 


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