Search Enter the terms you wish to search for. Susan, 33, and Josh, 31, met in September when Josh worked a job that delivered beds to the Missouri hospital where Susan worked. 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.
Their children were 2 and 5 at the time. A few months into their relationship, Susan allowed Josh to meet her two children. I could see from his point of view. While it may seem surprising to many, some women are willing to go through being outwardly shunned by family and their communities in the defense of the men because to them, love trumps all.
Their experiences being in a relationship with a sex offender may be different, but these women have another thing in common: An undeniable faith in their men. He was arrested in 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 Following the conviction, he was dishonorably discharged from the military.
According to court documents, Josh was found with a collection of more than 1, images and 20 videos of children ages six and older being raped, orally sodomized, and sexually molested. Josh also told InsideEdition. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but only served four due to a pre-trial agreement, according to records. He was released in and put on parole for three months. It was then that Josh moved to Missouri, where he was required to register as a sex offender, and in accordance with Missouri law, he will be on the registry for the rest of his life.
Not every state has lifetime registry requirements. Josh is required to re-register every 90 days under Missouri law, which in some other states would only be reserved for Level 3 offenders. He is also not allowed to live within 1, feet of a school or loiter within feet of a public park or swimming pool, among other constraints. She is married to a Level 3 offender. Melissa, 40, and her husband Jerry, 47, live in Minnesota with their 8-year-old daughter. In , when he was 15 years old, Jerry was convicted of second-degree criminal misconduct and received probation for fondling boys from the ages of 6 to 8 years old.
He reportedly knew his victims. Melissa, however, told InsideEdition. Then in , at 22 years old, Jerry was convicted of third-degree sexual contact for a second crime when he had sex with a year-old girl. He was married to his now ex-wife and had a 1-year-old daughter.
See How Parole Officers Ensured Kids' Safety by Checking on Sex Offenders on Halloween Jerry was initially given probation and mandated to undergo treatment, but Melissa said because of his lack of consistency with the sessions, it was declared that he violated his probation. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in and upped to a Level 3 offender. Following his release, Jerry was also twice convicted for failing to register as a predatory sex offender in and , a felony.
Melissa attributed the convictions to the confusion and complications of the rules and paperwork that go along with being on the registry. Sex offenders are often required to register anywhere from every three months to once per year. 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.
In Minnesota, registered sex offenders must give written notice at least five days before moving or changing their primary address as well. She met Jerry at a charity event in — 17 years after his second offense. She said they became friends before becoming romantically involved. When he told her his status on the registry soon after they began dating, and she made a conscious decision to stay with him. She said Jerry owns up to his mistake. She added that he was young and it took him a while to realize that what he did was wrong.
It took him a long time to understand that what he did was wrong because she was willing and he was willing. He was the adult. They had a town meeting when Jerry and Melissa moved to their current residence and Melissa said that someone reportedly announced what their car looked like. His job freaked out and let him go. Melissa also informs them that she has gone through sex-offender supervision courses to ease any of their concerns.
According to Melissa, some of her family, however, does not agree with her decision to marry Jerry. But as we got to know each other, I found him to be funny and kind, honest and sweet. There was something about him that made me feel safe, and that is not something that happens often.
Josh moved in with Susan and her two daughters in November , after two years of dating. Susan never disclosed to her ex-husband that Josh was on the registry. When he found out in July , he filed a motion to get an order of protection that would prevent Josh from being around his children. It was granted in October. I am a mom. In the post, he called Susan bipolar. He also calls Josh a creep and a pedophile.
He added that he wants to provide a safe home for his children by taking full custody of them. Susan confirmed that she is bi-polar and has been on-and-off medication for years due to the costs. He would not hurt a child. We are not all monsters.