During Darlene's 10-year marriage to Todd, she says she never had any inclination that her husband was a pedophile. "I wrack my brain daily trying to find that memory, that moment, that little something, that red flag...I can't find any," she says. It's not that the signs weren't there—Darlene says she just didn't interpret them correctly.
What Darlene didn't know was that, according to FBI documents, Todd also had a history of child molestation. They claim that Todd had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy while he was in dental school and another encounter with the same boy two years later.
In February 2006, Todd pleaded guilty and was convicted of travel with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor. He received 24 months in prison, but he'll be released on November 10, 2006. When he is set free, he will not be allowed near any child under the age of 18, including his son and daughter.
How did Darlene tell her children that their father is a pedophile? "I described inappropriate touching. I told them what the word for that was and that this is what their father had been arrested for," she says. "My son didn't say anything. ... There were no words."