Sometimes I read a story that is so unbelievably awful it makes me seriously doubt humankind. This is one of those stories. A Florida couple conceived their children for the sole purpose of fulfilling a perverse dream of the father. An Orlando Sentinel reporter explains it perfectly; “Jonathan and Sarah Adleta‘s children were doomed to a life of perverse cruelty before they were even born.”
Jonathan Adleta, a former Marine officer, dreamed of the day he could have “daddy-daughter sex.” After Sarah Adleta became pregnant with a daughter, he said he would marry her only if she agreed to let him carry out that desire. When the couple had a son, Sarah Adleta was expected to have sexual encounters with him.
That’s probably one of the most awful things I have ever read – but the story is even worse than that. It outlines a home where a father was so obsessed with having sex with his own daughter, he planned it before she was even born. A mother who admits to being so “afraid to lose him” that she victimized her own children. We’re left with a story of two toddlers who from birth seemingly existed to be tortured by their sick parents.
I look at my beautiful children and I can’t even believe that there are kids out there who have to suffer through this type of torture. The story unravels in the most disturbing of ways – I can’t really even bring myself to retell it. I will mention that she delivered the children to him so the abuse could continue after they were divorced, then found another man on an Internet chat room that was into the same type of scenario – and let him abuse her daughter as well.
Sarah Adleta was offered a plea deal to give up the details of Jonathan’s involvement. He’s facing life in prison, she’s facing only 15 to 30 years. When speaking about these kinds of crimes, there just doesn’t seem to exist a punishment bad enough. I would say I would like them to suffer as much as they made their children suffer – but how is that even possible?