My name is Catherine. I am 34, and I live in Loveland, Colorado. My daughter Alyssa is almost 17.
Two years ago, I started dating a guy I had known for over 20 years. We’ve been classmates together back in grade school, and he was a guy I thought I could trust. His name is Aaron Tyrell Scott, and he has three kids of his own—a boy and two girls. His oldest daughter was only a year younger than mine.
He was a US Navy veteran, and he was a cop for three years in Mooresville, North Carolina. His friends adored him, and I did too. He was close with his mom. He loved riding his bike. He was hard working, and he was very intelligent. He was both charming, and romantic.
I thought I had finally found my happily ever after. On June 18th, 2014, we got married. I was so happy.
On April 23rd, 2015, I got a call from the police. The night before, he had sexually assaulted my daughter. She was 15 at that time. I immediately kicked him out of the house, and our divorce was final on September 1st, 2015. He maintained his innocence until the DNA evidence came back positive. Only then did he accept a plea bargain.
On January 20th, 2016 he was sentenced to 90 days in jail. And 8 years of sex offender probation.
The court did not notify the mothers of his kids of his conviction.
“Stranger danger” is a joke. Monsters look and act normal. They are very good at hiding who they really are. They are the people we trust our kids with every day. All single moms should check the National Sex Offender Registry. All parents should learn about how pedophiles choose and exploit their victims.
All children who disclose about their abusers should be believed. I know this topic makes people feel awkward and uncomfortable. I know you want to believe this could never happen to you or your child, but secrecy and silence are how predators get away with their crimes.
1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of sexual abuse.
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