MUKILTEO — A Mukilteo woman is accused of having sex with her elementary school-aged son at the urging of her husband.
The woman, 44, was charged Thursday with first-degree rape of a child. Her husband, 42, was charged in June with two counts of first-degree rape of a child. He is accused of sexually assaulting his son and the couple’s daughter for several years.
The Herald is not publishing the names of the defendants to protect the identities of their children.
The allegations came to the attention of Mukilteo police in June after the boy, now 17, reported that he’d been forced to have sex with his mother beginning when he was 10.
He alleged that his father, often drunk, was abusive to him and his mother.
The boy reported that his father watched as his mother sexually abused him and at times would join the assault, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Chris Dickinson wrote in court papers. He also allegedly showed his son pornography depicting boys engaged in sexual intercourse with their mothers.
After the teen reported the abuse to police, his older sister reported that she, too, had been sexually assaulted by their father, Dickinson wrote. She told investigators she was abused from the time she was 6 until she was about 13 years old and physically strong enough to fight off the assaults, court papers said.
The siblings’ mother was interviewed by police and denied the allegations against her. Her husband also has denied the allegations.
Later, a judge allowed police to secretly record a phone call between the woman and her son. In the conversation, the woman allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with her child.
She urged her son to recant his story to help his father avoid jail time, Dickinson wrote. The woman allegedly told the boy she would give him whatever he wanted if he cooperated with her, court papers said.
The boy’s father was arrested June 9. He remains in the Snohomish County Jail on $250,000 bail.
His mother has not been arrested. She is expected to appear in court later this month.