Lawyer up for advice on how to protect yourself legally because you and the kids being protected needs to be the priority..
Whether or not your WW had a PA with the boy, you should assume that she did and act accordingly..
Personally I don't see this 16 year old as the top of the priority list
I agree that seeing a lawyer is of paramount importance. You're not just dealing with infidelity, but also with a potential legal crisis.
This 16-year-old is a victim. The age of consent in Texas is 17, unless it's a "Romeo and Juliet" situation-- one in which boyfriend and girlfriend are teens who are close in age, one above and one younger than 17. In these cases, the age of consent can be lower, if the age differential is less than 3 years. (This law keeps 17-year-olds with 16-year-old girlfriends off sex offender registries.)
Age (and power) differential comes into play HUGELY in Texas, when it comes to legal decisions involving minors and sex offenses. A grown woman in a position of authority having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old is, indeed, breaking the law.
This needs to be stopped, and not just in a way that protects the offender, her BS, her children, and her reputation.
ALL kids in this woman's midst need to be protected. Things are already starting to come apart at the seams; it's only a matter of time before the truth emerges. When that happens, I personally would want to be able to look the boy's parents in the eyes, knowing I'd done everything I could to protect their son, upon learning of the situation.
INYIM, I am so, so sorry for your pain. That your wife has chosen to behave in this way has turned your life upside down. Learning your spouse has cheated is horrendous. Learning that she has done so with a child must be devastating beyond compare.
But please--do the right thing. Tell the boy's parents the WHOLE truth. Give them copies of the conversations. Tell those in a position of authority at church, so that your wife can be removed from any position that puts her in proximity to kids.
Please. It's more important to protect other kids than to protect her reputation.
We should not be judging him on his wife's actions. I honestly IMHO do not understand why we are not showing him as much support as we would in a 'normal' infidelity situation. The standard compassion and advice has not been expressed and I am frankly disappointed. We should be his personal cheerleaders.
I agree with lauren123. We should be supporting this poor BS. By the way he didn't say he wasn't going to talk to the boys parents he promised the boy he would not talk to them unless he was there and asked our advice.
My advice is to tell the child's parents, get IC for yourself. This is too much to take in at one time so eat as much as you can and get as much sleep as you can. Also, realize this is not your fault. Your wife has a serious problem. She needs council.
I know some of the responses have been very emotion-charged, and as the parent of a 15 year-old boy, I understand it to a degree. However, the fact remains - this is a horrible betrayal on many levels and you deserve support. Your situation is a pretty unique one and I'm sure it's difficult for you to talk about what your wife has done.
I do agree that you need to talk to this kid's parents. It may seem counterintuitive to drag it all out again, but it needs to happen. They deserve to know so they can take appropriate actions on their end - mainly, they can help you in making sure that contact doesn't continue. I also think your wife should step down from the youth program immediately. There's nothing that says she can't hold a leadership position in a church ever again, but I don't think right now is the time.
I know you have a long, hard road ahead and my prayers are with you and your family. I hope you'll keep posting here; this place saved my life.
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Limbo? I don't even know if that's what this is.
Everyone else, we know this is an upsetting and volatile situation. It's very important we remember that we are dealing with an overwhelmed and reeling new member. Let's concentrate on support and not overwhelm him.
I too hope he returns.
I have raised teens. They are long on bravado that they "got this" but in so many ways they are still children. This is why laws exist to protect them. And that is why the laws are written to protect them. The law assumes that the adult in the scenario is the responsible, mature party and should not cross that line with a child.
Your WW could be held on criminal charges, and you could also, depending on the laws of your state. Please, for the sake of you and your children, seek legal advice and if you do want to reconcile your marriage, understand that your WW has some serious issues that need quite a lot of therapy to heal. And please also understand that therapy may not heal them.
Many of us, myself includes, have been outspoken and blunt. I realize this causes you pain; however, I believe you also need to realize your precarious legal situation and the full ramifications of her actions. Please consult an attorney. A good one.
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we can gently help you navigate this storm.
He later was 30+ himself with a wife and kids. Didnt trust, couldn't trust, and had an affair himself and left his wife.
Second wife...yeah he doesn't trust her either. Because he learned at an early age that married women can't be trusted.
This really messes with the mind. Report her to church leadership, blow this wide open.
I would first like to say thank you to all that replied. Some of you, yes were more gentle in tone than others, but either way, I appreciate the honest opinion of everyone, whether gentle or blunt I'll say. It helps to see that no matter the tone of the response, we all can agree how wrong it was and what should be done. I realize there will have to be some assumption because in dealing with the lies, you almost have to assume the worst is going on. With men I see this easily, myself a man, but with women, well it's all about the emotion, lines crossed, yes,... child predator... nah... I keep thinking Chris Hansen, To catch a predator... no, not her. Well, Thank you again.
I wanted to wait a few days for the situation to settle and feelings to be processed, steps to be taken before coming back and posting a response.
Our pastor came over the next day after I told him and talked with us for over two hours. He expressed the same concerns as everyone here, about everything that happened and the seriousness of it all. After all, they do background checks and have protocols for situations just like this and even training on what is inappropriate conduct with youth. (Wife must of missed or forgot that) He wants to continue meetings and we have another scheduled this week. He also will talk with the parents.
The parents came and yes, my wife only admitted to the mom that she had been texting him secretly, but no context was discussed. So when I was with both the parents, I told them of the seriousness of it, the "I love you" and "Can't wait to see you" talk daily. The mother was of course surprised and her first question was, "is this true?", to which my wife cried and said that her first intentions were only friendship (typical response) because he seemed so depressed and that no-one understood him. My wife did a lot of crying and apologizing. His parents were calm, they listened mostly. I think also they are going to need time after they heard such things. The bigger issue was their son, I have no idea of the closeness they have with him, but He is also going to need someone to open up too, to work through the hurt of it all. It would normally be a little weird to think about the other person this way, but he is just a teen.
I am glad I told them, so that they could help him. As some of you have posted, that could really screw with a 16yo and being able to relate correctly to the opposite sex, leaders, married people, etc.
As I exposed the situation to our pastor and to the parents, I was re-living everything over again. It was foolish to think I could somehow be content in this bubble of secrecy with someone who couldn't be trusted. It seems also to be true that the person who is betrayed can have their judgement clouded and be motivated by just the feelings of it all and not what is truly the right thing to do in the circumstance. That is why it's very helpful to have a safe forum like this, to get the clearer picture of the corrective action. The biggest thing is that bond of betrayal that we unfortunately carry, but it does now gives us the tools to encourage each other and suggest the hard, but corrective things to do.
I will update again. Thank you.
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You STILL need to see an attorney, and find out what you should be doing to protect your role as father, and how to move forward. These parents may want to prosecute when they stop reeling. Please protect yourself and your kids. I know you want to protect your wife, or the person you thought your wife was, but she is not that person.
In addition is she seeing an MC? If not, get her into one ASAP. If she hopes to heal, and you hope to save your marriage she has to figure this stuff out. She crossed a boundary that simply isn't crossable unless you are sick.
Please please please protect yourself and your children. If the parents press charges against your wife, DFS is going to be knocking on your door, and you need to be prepared.
Don't disallusion yourself that they won't because they are good church people, or they told you they wouldn't. Prepare for the worst possible outcome, anything less than that will be relief.
I am so glad you returned to this forum.
You will get lots of good advice from the kind people here.
You are in my thoughts.
Stay solid. Make sure you're drinking enough water, eating right and sleeping if you can. Exercise will help also. Good luck.
Sending you strength.