House-hunting always comes with challenges, right? One bed or two? Are the bills included? And, of course, the location. But, for my boyfriend and I, it was on a whole new level, because we had to find somewhere very specific.
Chris is a registered sex offender. His crime was having sex with his year-old girlfriend when he was I love him and have been in a relationship with him for four years.
Two young people who might be friends, she thought. She knew about his conviction, and told me about it at the very beginning. I was 21 years old, studying political science and preparing to go on a Christian mission trip to South East Asia. Chris was attending our church and was about to become the drummer in the church band.
Mum announced my trip in church, and
I dating a registered sex offender asked me about it afterwards. Then he started to text me, and it progressed from there. Some offenders end up living on I dating a registered sex offender streets. Others choose to go to Miracle Village, which specifically houses paedophiles and sex offenders. There are around sex offenders there. Chris had been living there for three months when I met him.
When any two people begin dating, the question of your past relationships will come up. Chris explained his crime to me, that he and his girlfriend had been together for four months, and he says he had no idea she was underage.
They were on a night out when a police officer asked them both for their IDs. Chris says that was when he found out her age, and he was arrested. Some of the other men in Miracle Village have committed crimes against very young children, aged just four or five.
There are also repeat offenders who abused positions of power, such as a sports coaches or teachers. He totally accepts that a year-old being with a year-old is wrong.
When Mum began her ministry in a church in Pahokee a few years ago, offenders were welcomed. She believes that all people who want to worship God are welcome in church.
That meant I met a lot of convicted offenders while I was growing up. So when Chris came around, he was just another guy at the church. There are so many things I love about Chris.
He could admit that he was at fault, and fully accepts his conviction. When we met, Chris was on community control, which is basically house arrest. He could only go out for things like I dating a registered sex offender to the grocery store, attending church, or work.
I had to go over to his house to hang out with him. Dinner dates or movie nights are out of the question. We come home from work — me in I dating a registered sex offender bank and Chris as a driver for a car parts company — and we cook and watch TV. But searching for a home was a challenge. She said it depended on what the crime was. I knew we had to explain it upfront.
It was quite daunting, but we explained everything. Thankfully, she gave us a chance, and now we live together in that flat. We talk about the future.
But, the reality is that neither one of us wants to be engaged while Chris is on probation. What I can say for certain is who Chris is today. He has shown me nothing but respect. But what he did will stay with Chris for the rest of his life - there for anyone and everyone to judge. If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article there is information and support available.
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