And she would not have been sexually attracted to him without it potentially being true that he was seeking redemption. If he had been "screw those telepaths, I'll do what I want!" the whole episode AND spent just as much time with her I do not think there would have been any attraction. How could there be? Half the attraction was about his need to make things right and her ability to help him with that. The other half, probably the smarts and the looks. But just the smarts and the looks wouldn't have lit any fires.