EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to incest for having a sexual relationship with his 25-year-old daughter.
Forty-nine-year-old Eric Lee Gates entered the guilty plea in Lane County Circuit Court on Friday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday and faces up to five years in prison and $125,000 in fines.
Prosecutor Chris Parosa told the judge that Gates did not know his daughter when they were introduced by a mutual friend. Gates was in jail, and they began a pen-pal relationship.
The prosecutor says they realized their genetic connection before the relationship turned sexual. He says they began living together and had a child with significant mental and physical problems. They have since had a second child.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the daughter also faces incest charges but has not been arraigned.