My ex went to prison for sex crimes6 February 2012, 7:00 pm
People assume the wife knows. Not really. I found out about my former husband’s descent into pedophilia at the same time the rest of the world did -- on the 10 o’clock news.
My mind could not comprehend what my eyes were seeing. I studied his mug shot on TV. Here was the face of the man I had loved, the cleft in his chin, his square jaw, the soft, smooth skin just below his eyes, which I’d kissed a thousand times. Who was this broken man with the downcast eyes? Did he look away when the shutter closed because he was thinking of his children? What happened to the proud young father who cradled his newborns like fragile glass, the guy with a contagious laugh and shiny blue eyes, who owned any room he walked into? A hometown celebrity, a respected journalist, with a good wife and four great kids -- now, reduced to this. Who was
The kids in bed, I turned down the volume on the TV in a futile attempt to shield them for just one more day. My colleagues in the press, with whom I’d jockeyed for position at many a crime scene, were now covering a crime that would deal my kids a blow unimaginable. “The accused is charged with three counts of statutory sodomy stemming from a series of sexual encounters with a teenage boy at a high school field house.”
For years I’d been blase about broadcasting the worst day of someone else’s life. In one minute, I knew what that felt like.Continue Reading...Source: Salon.com > Divorce