A guest on ITVs show “This Morning” revealed the harrowing moment she realised her husband was a paedophile.
The 45-year-old doctor and mother-of-two recalled how she discovered that her husband had stored hundreds of images of him abusing their own daughter, who was just four at the time, on his computer.
‘Alice’ was clueless until she returned home from work one day ten years ago to find that her husband was missing and there was a police search warrant for ‘Child Pornography’ left on her kitchen counter.
Hours later she was informed that Mark – who had been viewing images of pre-pubescent children and was also running a child pornography website – had been involved in a fatal car crash three hours after he had been interviewed by the police for six hours.
Holly Willoughby couldn’t hide her horror as she chatted to a woman whose husband was a paedophile
She told hosts Holly and Phillip Schofield Mark was in the US Air Force and in his forties when she met him age 26 and relocated to the US for him, but the couple grew apart when her father became ill, and he spent more and more time on the computer.
She admitted he always had a large sexual appetite which sometimes pushed the boundaries in their relationship.
She told the pair: “I’m an adult but I was naïve and had certain romantic ideas, I took my vows and went along with them.”
The man kept more than 800 inappropriate images of him abusing the pair’s child Grace
Host Phillip said: “This is heartbreaking and dark – there was a terrabite of information on the computer and you find out 10 MB, 800 images are of your daughter.”
Holly, who couldn’t hide her horror, said: “That’s just so awful” as Alice explained: “There was one episode where she (daughter Grace) had said something a year earlier, I was distracted by my dad’s illness – maybe that she was viewing images but it didn’t make sense at the time.
‘About a month after Mark died, we all got a stomach virus and Grace became delirious.
‘During that delirium it became apparent that she had been abused because she started to gesture things that no four-year-old should gesture, they would have no knowledge of it.’
‘The blessing was not all of that information came all in one go. It took about six to eight weeks.
Asked how her daughter is coping now she is a teenager, Alice who now lives back in England with her family said “She is doing great; she’s a normal teenager for the most part,’ ‘She does have some physical memories of what has happened but rarely talks about it. We leave an open door to it, she knows she can come to talk to me about it.’
But for her younger son Joseph, he still believes his father did nothing wrong, and Alice added: ‘I dread that day I have to break his world.’
Holly added: “I’m so sorry you went through this as a family, it’s just awful.”
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