The case of Aimee Sword, the Michigan woman who pleaded guilty to having sex with the 14-year-old son that she gave up for adoption when he was only a few days old, may not be completely unheard of: Researchers say reunions between an adopted child and his or her biological parent can lead to sexual attraction. Genetic sexual attraction is "increasingly acknowledged" by adoption agencies as a "common feature" of reunions. A British researcher has examined the issue, and the CBC described the findings as such: "Combined with the feelings of loss and trauma associated with being put up for adoption and the excitement and fantasies of a reunion, the adoptees often felt vulnerable to such attraction." Sword, who is married and has five other children, contacted her son via Facebook and began a relationship with him that turned sexual.
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