12/07/2012 07:05 pm ET

Robert Caravella, Carol Hann Convicted Of Making Their 8-Year-Old Son Have Sex With His Mother

The parents of a now 14-year-old boy were found guilty of forcing their son to have sex with his mother, beginning on his 8th birthday.


The Times Tribune reports that the boy testified on Thursday in Luzerne County, Penn. Court, that, when he was 7, his dad, Robert Caravella, made him watch pornography three times a week. On his 8th birthday, the boy said, his dad took him upstairs and demanded that he have sex with his mother, Carol Hann.

"He called me over to have sex with my mom," the boy testified. "He had been building me up to it."

The boy said he didn't know there was anything wrong with the repeated sexual encounters with his mom until four years later when his foster parent didn't make him have sex with her.

The parents both denied the accusations but, the Times Tribune reports today that, after a little over two hours, the jury convicted them on all counts.

Caravella, 53, was charged with conspiracy to commit rape of a child, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and distributing explicit sexual material to minors. Hann, 45, was charged with rape of a child, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and incest.

WNEP reports that people in the courtroom were visibly upset by the boy's testimony on Thursday. The station reports that the boy testified he had to lift his mom's fat folds to have sex with her.

Investigators said the case began Aug. 19, when Luzerne County Children and Youth Services got a report of a child living in a "deplorable" home with garbage, rotten food and urine-soaked towels lining the floors, the Times Tribune previously reported.

Cops said the boy was kept in seclusion and didn't know how to socially interact normally or use utensils to eat food.

"It's a terrible, terrible case. It's heart-wrenching," Jackie Musto Carroll, Luzerne County's district attorney, said when the couple was arrested. "There's no other way to put it."