An Alabama man and his girlfriend were convicted this week for the rape of his 11-year-old autistic son because he believed the boy might be gay.
On Tuesday, a Madison County jury convicted Sean Cole (pictured below) and his girlfriend, Khadeijah Moore, of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. Each faces up to life in prison.
The crimes happened during the week of Thanksgiving 2016 when the boy was in Huntsville to visit his father,
Cole found his son in a “compromising position” with another boy, he directed Moore to perform sex acts on the child, prosecutors said. Moore, 20 years old at the time, raped, sodomized and inappropriately touched the child, according to trial testimony. The couple also forced the child to perform sex acts on Moore.
“It was solely that (Cole) was worried that his son was gay or might become gay,” said Tim Douthit, the Madison County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case..
HPD Investigator Will McDonald charged Cole and Moore in January 2017. Cole has been in the Madison County Jail since his arrest. Pending sentencing, bail is set at $750,000.
“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.“