You've started the process of protecting you and your kids, don't stop just yet. Please visit an attorney to find out how badly this can go IF the parents make the decision to prosecute your wife. Bring your wife with you. You may not need to retain them, but do ask their advice on ways to minimize the damage to your family. If nothing happens great! Your wife has had a warning what continuing this behavior can bring upon her family. Maybe the attorney visit will be an eye opener for her . I said to bring her because if you relay what the attorney said, she will likely not believe anything you say. In her mind you are jaded-so why should she listen to you?
I wish you and your family strength.
As tushnurse suggested..you need to see an attorney. The boy's parents,once the shock has worn off,and once they have talked with their son,may take legal action. Then CPS will be at your house..talking privately with your children.
Someone mentioned that 16 year olds know right from wrong. And while that may be true,they are still very much a child. They don't have the best judgement. They don't have the life experience to know how things play out. A 33 year old woman DOES.
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..that feeling you get in your stomach, when you heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.
I want to gently disagree with those posters who are calling your wife a pedophile. That is not accurate. A pedophile is attracted to pre-pubescent children. Your wife may be an ephebophile, but she is not a pedophile. That does not excuse her lack of judgment, nor does it diminish the harm this relationship may have caused the boy. But I'm bothered by the quickly applied and unhelpful label some have thrown around.
I wish you continued strength. Keep doing the right things. Take care of yourself. Reach out for help.
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D-Day, June 10, 2012
You have a whole community of people here to bolster you when you need it.
As brutal as some of the ensuing fallout may be, there is a good possibility that ALL parties can move forward from this point---especially if all parties know what mistakes were made, and how to prevent these in the future. Your wife and the 16y.o. will definitely need some counseling.
I hope that the worst is behind all of you. I hope that, although as terrible as this situation is, that it could have gone much, much worse if more time elapsed. I hope that you know all of the facts, so you can start to rebuild. I believe if your wife puts in the effort, she can earn back your trust in the future.
All work and no play has just cost me my wife--Gary Puckett
D-Day: 9/18/09 D-Day#2: 2/19/10 The Marriage Killer: 6/6/11
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I admire the way you handled the situation. You were sensitive and responsible about it. I hope you can now focus on yourself and your children and figuring out what kind of help your wife needs.
It sounds like all parties handled the situation with as much grace as could be mustered under the circumstances. Infidelity is tough enough but your situation is compounded. It's going to be hard but you've already started out by doing the right thing- for both your wife and the boy (and your conscience). I wish I could tell you it's going to get easier but it probably won't for a while. I'm sorry for that.
20 yrs. old, single, naive, thoughtless, but not deliberately hurtful.
OW#2 05/2010- 07/2010
44 yrs.old, married bitch in heat who acted like a whore and got treated like one.
You have been in my thoughts. I'm sorry for your situation. Another case where they don't realize the ramifications of their actions.
You did the right thing, exposing it...immediately.
I was one of those blunt ones. Not trying to thread jack, but I want you to know where I was coming from.
My H's A was with the daughter of his pastor (he was living away from home at the time.) They kicked him out to keep it a secret, then also told me to not come (I hadn't ever been there anyway.)
My church (our home church for years) handled it much better. H tearfully apologized publicly to the entire congregation (his idea, not theirs), and was welcomed back by most...one good friend of ours would not forgive him for months, and openly avoided him...that was good for WH to experience.
A clandestine pedophilia who had tried to take advantage of our son there while I was dealing with my H's A (H was still living out of town, and the p. offered to take our son biking and camping as a "male mentor and friend".) was formally expelled from our congregation and several other congregations he was attending and "helping" at after we exposed him, because he kept lying about his behavior and would not repent. That meant that he would continue preying on vulnerable kids/families.
We even got the police involved, and hopefully they are keeping tabs on him, so when he crosses the line and evidence can cause him to be arrested and incarcerated, he will finally be arrested. In our case, the police said he got away with it...it was one kid's word against an adult. No other evidence or major laws broken. Just contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and the DA didn't want to bother with it.
Is your pastor going to handle this privately or publicly? Is he going to remove her from her post permanently? He should. She needs to be mentored by older women, not mentoring younger women and men.
In our case, I was told OW/pastor's daughter had an A two years earlier. She got caught, the OM and his entire family (8 children in tow) moved out of town b/c of the pain on his W.) and the church almost split, but didn't.
After her A with my H, they removed her from her post for a few weeks, then she was right back. A couple of years after her A w/my H there was a major split in the church because of other issues, and daughter's A and how the church handled it didn't help things..
Telling you all this, because I can sympathize with you, as we have some similarities: it happened in and to people in our church. (Some) Leaders will be scrambling to do damage control, and you and your children may be victimized further by the efforts of leadership to protect the church's image.
If it is out in the open, there can be no lying gossip. I prefer that.
As for our home church (where we had attended before H moved), the A did not destroy it. No one gossiped because they were told what happened by my H. People were loving to me, and respectful of my H because he came completely clean about the A...not the porn, because it wasn't found out by me until later, after we had moved.
Get ready for a rocky ride in your M and in your church.