'The man I loved sexually assaulted my daughter': woman's chilling warning to other moms

By Marelize Potgieter
18 April 2016

A single mom thought she had finally found her happily ever after when she wed Aaron -- until she discovered he had been molesting her teenage daughter.

Catherine St. Germain, a 34-year-old woman from Loveland, Colorado in the United States, made a video in which she tells her harrowing story with flashcards.

She shows how ordinary Aaron Tyrell Scott seemed when she started dating him two years ago and how much he loves his mom and friends.

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“He was a former cop with three kids of his own," Catherine explains. "Why wouldn't you trust him with your kids?"

So she was shocked to discover the her Navy veteran husband, who she’d known for 20 years, had sexually assaulted her 15-year-old daughter Alyssa.

“He always bought her extravagant gifts. He always wanted to take her for ice cream if she was sad.”

But only ten months after their wedding in 2014, she received a devastating phone call from the police.

"The night before he had sexually assaulted my daughter."

Aaron initially denied it, but DNA tests proved otherwise.

She immediately kicked Aaron out of their home and filed for divorce.

A courtcase ensued and he was sentenced to 90 days in prison and eight years of sex offender probation.

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Catherine ends her video with a plea to other single moms to check the list of sexual offenders to make sure the person they’re letting into their life is not on it.

South Africa has such a list too, but the information on it is not readily available. The list of people convicted in court of sexual offences is there to give employers in the public and private sectors such as schools, nursery schools and hospitals the opportunity to ensure a prospective employee is suitable for working with children or people with mental disabilities.

“The register is there to protect children and mentally disabled people against sex offenders,” says Ntombizodwa Matjila, registrar of the national register, whose office falls under the department of justice and constitutional development.

The list may however not be disclosed to the public, although anybody may request a certificate verifying that they are not on the list.

By the end of March 2016 there were 22 879 people listed on the register.

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