A mother from Orange County is fighting against her estranged husband having unsupervised visits with the couple’s two young children. The husband, who is a former history teacher, is accused of luring over 100 boys to send lewd pictures to a fake online profile of a young woman that he created. He was arrested and charged with suspicion of lewd acts with a child.
The California father fights for visitation rights he believes he is legally entitled to. He is seeking unsupervised overnight visitation with his three-year-old daughter and his five-month-old son. He claims he wouldn’t put his daughter at risk, and she’s too young to understand why he’s suddenly gone from her life. He also contends it’s important that his son know his father. The husband also feels that his wife is blinded by her own anger that is clouding her parental judgment.
The wife claims that she isn’t trying to stop him from seeing their children. She feels that given the severity of the charges pending against him that the visits should be supervised. She does admit that the charges, which came when she was 18 weeks pregnant with their youngest child, shattered her world. The husband could face up to 40 years in prison if he’s convicted.
Visitation and child custody issues in divorce cases are often argued over by the parents. This is especially true if one of the parents is accused of a crime. It’s very important to consider the safety and welfare of the children even though the parent has yet to be convicted of the charges. An attorney may be able to help the couple establish a visitation schedule that allows both parents time with the children in an atmosphere that is safe.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, “OC Mother Fights Visitation Rights For Husband Suspected Of Lewd Acts With Students“, December 17, 2013