Chalena Moody a 25 year old Springfield, Oregon woman has pled guilty to incest after maintaining an ‘illegal relationship’ with her biological father whom she never knew growing up.
According to authorities the woman and her biological father, Eric Lee Gates, 49 have two children under two years of age and had started living as a couple after the woman’s father reconnected with his daughter after serving stints in prison.
The couple also had a third child which died in utero.
That said the couple’s surviving children have incurred numerous medical issues and have since been placed in the custody of the state reports The Register-Guard.
Offered Sgt. Dave Lewis with Springfield Police via the UK’s dailymail: ‘There’s issues with the children, and they’ve been put into foster care,’
‘It’s not a good situation all around.’
Since pleading guilty, the woman has been sentenced to to 10 days jail but in lieu of time already served received credit and will now not have to serve any additional days.
She would also received 18 months probation, whose terms forbid the daughter from having any contact with Gates.
In the interim, the woman’s father is serving 60 days in the Lane County Jail for violating his probation and moving in with his daughter following his guilty plea and subsequent sentencing to the same probationary terms.
Gates was also ordered to pay restitution to the State of Oregon for the medical expenses of the two children.
Springfield police Detective Dave Lewis said Gates and Moody openly admitted to their consensual relationship, to being father-daughter and also conceiving children together.
Detective Lewis also acknowledged that Gates was not Chalena Moody’s custodial parent during her childhood.
Lewis would also tell that he ‘can recall only one or two incest cases in the last 20 or 30 years in Springfield in which charges were pursued.’
Subsequent DNA tests determined that Gates and Moody were related and had children from an incestuous relationship.
Why Moody and Gates were on charged would not necessarily be revealed.
Oregon State law defines ‘incest as when a person marries or engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with another whom the person knows to be related to them, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either whole or half-blood.’
Incest is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and $125,000 in fines.
That said, whilst incest is illegal in most states, some states, including New Jersey and Rhode Island do not prosecute incestuous relationships whilst still maintaining that a marriage involving parent or child, brother or sister, niece or nephew, or aunt or uncle is void.