I had no idea the danger that was lurking around me. I was a little naïve about people in general, growing up in a smallish town in Ohio. And because of this naivety I let a monster into my life. And not the kind of monster that is obvious to the average observer, more like the kind that hides in plain sight. The kind of monster that is able to blend well into the surroundings, and beyond just blending, even come off as charming.
I got charmed by a monster.
I started dating Drake after a chance meeting at my nephew’s baseball game. Tall. Cute. Smart. And of course charming. He swept me off my feet and we ended up dating for nearly three months. Then things began to get a little strange. It started when I watched him in the backyard with some of the neighborhood kids. A few of them were over the house playing with my twelve year old nephew. There were two boys and one girl, all the children were about the same age. What struck me as odd, was the way Drake kept looking at the little girl, Amanda. He seemed to stare a little longer than what would be considered appropriate. But not too long. He was aware of the awkwardness, and despite him assuming that no adults were around, he still managed to walk the line carefully. He had no idea I was watching or what was going on. And at first glance, nothing would seem out of place. But I wasn’t glancing. I was watching him.
That night I started thinking, how well do I really know Drake? Only for a few months… And that something in his eyes…the way he was staring at Amanda kept eating at me. Something in his eyes…
I finally decided to do a Google on NCIC background checks, found a site, and ran his name. The results hit me like a sledgehammer. Sexual assault, forced sexual relations on a child under 16! I immediately called him. Confronted him. And told him to get out of my life. I then I called the police just to give them the heads up. This really woke me up. It’s horrifying to think how close this monster was to my family. And I brought him around them. I will be using the NCIC background search database in the future again. You can count on that.