I met Wes at my gym. We got talking and decided to go for a drink. Over the next three weeks we met numerous times. I was beginning to really like this guy.
Then I found out via a mutual friend that he had been in prison! He had only been out 4 months! So, I asked him and yes it was true.
I was totally gutted, devastated. I have a responsible job in education and 2 teenage children, how could I carry on seeing him now?
His crime was bad.
I Googled him and there he was — a criminal. He too was disappointed with my decision, but understood. I did some research, read things online, looked at the Unlock website and forums.
I was surprised by her positivity.
She told me many people turn their lives around after release from prison. So I decided to see him again.
He apologised and admitted he was struggling to find a way to tell me about his prison sentence. Over the past seven months he has met many of my immediate family and some of my friends.
Most have accepted him. I have lost a couple friends because of my decision to carry on seeing him. These so called friends have never even spoken to me about Wes and have never even met him.