A U.K. woman who discovered she had married a pedophile a week after their wedding said she is still unable to divorce him five years later.
Jazmin Cullen, 24, and Jason Cullen, 31, got married in February 2011 after dating for a few months, the Daily Mail reports. The newlyweds were staying at Jazmin’s grandmother’s house during the honeymoon when the grandmother made a disturbing discovery.
Jennifer Drayton, 65, checked her laptop and found 20 child abuse images involving children as young as 2 years old. Drayton and Jazmin confronted Jason, who first blamed the images on the grandmother before eventually confessing.
"My world came crashing down," Jazmin said, according to the Daily Mail. "Jason had been using the laptop a bit but we didn't think anything of it. We were watching TV and she just burst into tears. She was obviously horrendously shocked and upset. To be quite honest I didn't know how to feel. I was absolutely disgusted. I was just speechless."
Drayton called the police, and that’s when Jazmin learned that her husband was not who he said he was.
Jason Cullen, whose real name is Jason Hodson, had reportedly already been arrested for possessing more than 8,000 images of child abuse. He was convicted and served two years in prison. He changed his name after his release, saying he had received death threats.
"He seemed like such a normal and charming man and still to this day I find it very hard to believe it is the same person," Jazmin said. "I wanted to believe it was all a mistake. At no point did I ever support his actions, but I wanted to believe that it was not true."
Jason pleaded guilty to possessing the 20 images found on Drayton’s computer at Sutton Magistrates’ Court in April 2011. He told the court he was abused when he was 16 years old, but no one was arrested in that incident.
"If it wasn't for the fact that his pictures were in articles I found online, I would never have believed he had this double life," Jazmin said. "I was completely dumbfounded."
Jason was given an 18-month community order and was fined $120. He had spent 14 weeks in custody after his arrest.
“Seeing him convicted was a mix of relief, complete devastation and disbelief,” Jazmin said. “'I did love him completely, and my wedding day was a lovely and happy day for me at the time, but now thinking of him is very distressing. Divorcing him will be the final step in moving on but so far he has denied me that.”
But Jazmin said Jason continues to change his name and move around the country, making divorcing him impossible. She is now hoping to obtain a decree nisi on the grounds that she and Jason have been living apart for five years.
“In many ways I have been able to put it in my past but being married to him is a constant reminder,” Jazmin said. “Every time I receive a letter, or see my name, it is distressing. At one point I wasn't sure if there was any hope out there, but now I'm doing really well now in my life.”