|Sarah and Jonathan Adleta|
So, the latest news out of Russia is the push to stop gay couples, or even gay singles, from being parents; no adoptions, ever! And, there seems to be a threat that if a gay couple, or a gay single, has a child, that the government might try to remove that child from the home. This all feeds off that old anti-gay chestnut that conservatives, Republicans, religious zealots, and rightwingsnuts like to spin, that ‘ever child needs a mother and a father.’
I wonder how those folks would feel about Jonathan and Sarah Adleta.
A former Marine, one of Jonathan Adleta’s dreams was to have a daughter, and when he did he would have sex with her. Yes, he longed for that day, and when his girlfriend, Sarah, became pregnant with a daughter, he said he would only marry her if she allowed him to have sex with his child. And she said okay. Later, when the Adleta’s had a son, Sarah was expected to have sex with him.
Every child needs a mother and a father.
In court, Sarah Adleta testified that when she began dating Jonathan in 2008, he would tell her stories of fathers and daughters having sex, and when she became pregnant he told her they would marry only if she allowed him to do the same.
Sarah said she felt uncomfortable with the idea and hoped Jonathan would lose interest, but went through with the wedding and the child abuse anyway, because, she said, she loved him and needed the financial security he provided.
So, basically, for a roof over her head, she let her husband sexually abuse her child.
In 2009, Sarah Adleta became pregnant with their son, and the couple married the next year. Adleta was deployed to Afghanistan soon after, but when he returned, the family moved to California, where he was stationed, and it was there that he told his wife, again, that he would be having a sexual relationship with their daughter.
And he did; and she did, too.
But I guess not even child molesters are safe from divorce and in 2011, Jonathan and Sarah Adleta split up; she moved back to Central Florida, though she continued to let her ex-husband have a sexually inappropriate relationship with their daughter over the internet.
But, that wasn’t enough for Jonathan, and in 2012, he found himself another girlfriend, another mother who allowed him to have sex with her daughter. That girlfriend — Samantha Bryant — whom he met online, testified in court that she watched Adleta have sex with her child, and even took pictures of the abuse.
Bryant — who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her own child, and allowing Adleta to do the same — also testified that Adleta asked her to write fantasies about him having sex with his daughter and her daughter, and she did; in fact, she took it a step further, and, she says, at his request, she also began sexually molesting her own child.
Then, last December, Samantha and her two children spent Christmas — a nice family holiday — in Oklahoma with Jonathan and Sarah Adleta and their two children. Sarah Adleta said that, while there, her former husband sexually abused their daughter in his bedroom and called her in to watch.
"She seemed very resistant."—Sarah Adleta, speaking about watching her child being raped by her father
And she testified that the girl seemed "really upset" and "frightened" but she didn’t try to stop it; she stood and watched.
After the family Christmas, Sarah and the children returned to Florida, but then Jonathan suggested she find another man to sexually molest their daughter so the girl would become comfortable with the sex acts, and then maybe she wouldn’t be so frightened and upset when she was being raped by her father and other men.
Sarah found Aaron Dixon — a North Carolina man who was later arrested on child-sex charges in an unrelated case — and part of their internet ‘dating’ routine was to have Aaron watch her, via Skype, while she had sex with her own children.
Sarah Adleta has pleaded guilty in May to two charges of sexual exploitation of a minor — her son — and faces up to 30 years in federal prison; Jonathan Adleta was found guilty of two child-sex charges and faces ten years to life in prison.
Like I said, there are many people who say every child needs a mother and a father, and there are some who think that the Adleta’s are better qualified to be parents that a loving gay couple. And I know that not all straight parents are like this, that people like the Adletas, Samantha Bryant, and Aaron Dixon, are not the norm, but hearing stories like these, on the heels of hearing people say that a gay couple cannot adequately love, nurture and parent a child, infuriates me.
PS The title of this post was taken from Joe.My.God, where I found the link, and Joe blatantly stole it from Dan Savage.