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Mother charged for sex with son given up for adoption

September 11, 2009 permalink

A mother finds a son given up for adoption and has a sexual affair.



Police: Michigan Mom Found Long-Lost Son Online, Raped Him

Friday, September 11, 2009

Aimee Louise Sword
Aimee Louise Sword, 35, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of her son, a minor living in Michigan.

Michigan police say a 35-year-old mother used the Internet to track down the son she gave up for adoption a decade ago, seducing and raping the teenage boy when she found him after an online search.

Aimee Louise Sword of Waterford Township, near Detroit, was arraigned this week on three charges of criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of her biological son, whom she put up for adoption more than 10 years ago, MyFOXDetroit reported.

Prosecutors say the boy is still a minor, but won't disclose whether he knew the woman was his mother — a situation that has horrified mental health experts who are calling the case "an abomination."

"I don't think I've heard of another case like this in my career," said Dr. Gerald Shiener, chief of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit.

"Our first reaction to hearing about something like this is that this is every man's nightmare. It's an abomination," he told MyFOXDetroit.

"I'm at a loss for words because it's something that we consider to be so out of the normal, so prohibited in every culture that it unnerves every man just to think about it."

Sword surrendered to Waterford Township police on April 24, the Oakland Press reported, but was freed on bond Wednesday following her arraignment. The house at her listed home address is abandoned.

Sword's attorney Kenneth Burch told the Press that his client "maintains her presumption of innocence" and said the accusations of incest have been very difficult for her.

But Sword herself has spoken since she first was arrested, writing on her MySpace page that she was inspired by rapper and former jailbird Lil' Kim because "she rises during the worst of obstacles."

"Reminded me of myself," Sword wrote on the Web page, where she uses the name Aimee Pope.

Though Sword is apparently confident of her ability to recover from the charges, Shiener, the psychiatric doctor, worries that if the allegations are true, the damage to the boy could be long-lasting.

"This could be his first sexual experience, and his first sexual experience could be something so conflicted, so unusual, so prohibited that it will stay with him for life," Shiener said.

Source: FOX News Network

From another source, here is the police booking photo.

Aimee Louise Sword

Friends of Aimee Sword have come to her defense, vouching for her character as a person who would never engage in abuse. The boy's adoption did not go well and he has already had several brushes with the law. When problems developed in the reunion, he made allegations against his mother. She may be blameless in the matter. Future developments may bring out the whole truth.



Waterford woman accused of sex with son she gave up for adoption pleads guilty

Aimee Louise Sword
Aimee Louise Sword

Aimee Louise Sword, the woman accused of tracking down and having sex with her long lost son, pleaded guilty in the case on Tuesday.

The Oakland Press reports that Sword, 36, accepted a plea deal for one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She originally was charged with three counts of the same crime.

Police say Sword used the Internet in 2008 to find her biological son, whom she had given up for adoption more than 10 years before. The 16-year-old boy testified at a preliminary exam in January that Sword had sex with him in Grand Rapids and Waterford.

Child Protective Services notified detectives about the situation and Sword surrendered in April 2009.

Sword is expected to be sentenced on July 12, according to the Press.

Source: Michigan Live

In Sophocles' version of the story, Oedipus took the fall, but today it is Jocasta. A mother loving her son gets more severe punishment than a wife killing her husband.



Aimee Louise Sword
Aimee Louise Sword (MySpace)

Sex with teenage son gets mom prison

She used Facebook to track down teen she gave up as newborn

Pontiac -- A Waterford Township woman who used the Internet to track down the 14-year-old son she gave up for adoption when he was 2 days old was sentenced Monday to nine to 30 years in prison for having sex with the boy.

Aimee Louise Sword, 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for the dismissal of two other sex offenses that involved her son. Before sentencing by Oakland Circuit Judge Daniel P. O'Brien, Sword -- who has five other children -- apologized for her actions.

"I want to apologize to the court, my children and my sister," Sword told O'Brien. "I am remorseful for everything that occurred. ... I don't understand it."

Assistant Prosecutor Nicki Weisberger said the boy was going through a tough emotional time in his life and wanted to meet his biological mother and then Sword committed a "selfish, cowardly, despicable act" with her son, now 16.

At a preliminary exam in January, the teenager testified she contacted him in May 2008 while he was living with an adoptive family in Grand Rapids. Sex acts later occurred at a motel and also at the home of one of Sword's relatives in Waterford Township.

Defense attorney Mitchell Ribitwer noted Sword entered a guilty plea to spare her son from having to testify at trial. Ribitwer said Sword used Facebook to contact the boy.

"It was an open adoption and she received updates every year, even photos of her son," Ribitwer said outside the courtroom after the sentence. "Suddenly his birthdate came around and she didn't receive any information. With a relative's help, she made contact with him over the Internet."

Sword and her son communicated several times before agreeing to meet. Ribitwer asked O'Brien for leniency in Sword's sentencing.

"This is not a matter of a pedophile or someone who will prey on children," Ribitwer said. "She is very remorseful and is not trying to make excuses."

Before sentencing Sword, O'Brien said a psychological evaluation he read found her to be "controlling and manipulative," and he had considered all factors including "protection of society."

O'Brien also ordered Sword to have no contact with her son and to comply with all requirements of the state Sexual Offender Registry.

Source: Detroit News