I didn’t mean for it to happen."Susan’s boyfriend Josh was 21 at the time of his crime.
He was arrested in 2007 in California while serving in the Marines and remained in the brig, a military jail, until he was found guilty of wrongfully transporting and possessing child pornography in 2008.
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So it’s just kind of like a 'wow, what kind of stigma does that carry?
' I have my own faith and beliefs that people can change and grow and become better people,” Melissa said.
According to Susan, a month into the relationship, Josh told her he was on the sex offender registry for a crime he committed while he was serving in the Marines."My husband came home early one day after having a big fight over the weekend and he caught Josh and me in the shower,” Susan said.
“I did try to end our relationship a few times but the chemistry was just so strong that it was hard to let each other go.
Re-registering can include reporting to the local police station to have an updated picture taken and filling out paperwork with information like any schools they are attending, residence, employment and car type, among other information.
She met Jerry at a charity event in 2006 – 17 years after his second offense.He is also not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school or loiter within 500 feet of a public park or swimming pool, among other constraints.Because Josh is not currently on parole, however, he is not prohibited from being around kids and therefore nothing prevented him from forming relationships with Susan’s children or eventually moving in with her.“The main emotion we see connected with childhood trauma is grief, so feeling as though something was taken from them and shame so they have to work through those emotions in their adult lives.”When they married in 2009, Melissa chose to hyphenate her name and give their daughter her last name because of the “torture” that Jerry’s two children from his previous marriage endured in school because of his known status around town.“He worked at one place as a dishwasher but he loved it.He told everyone about his past and status,” said Melissa.Melissa attributed the convictions to the confusion and complications of the rules and paperwork that go along with being on the registry.