I’m in love with a man who is serving time for rape

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M in love with a man who is serving time for rape. 

I’ve never been in a relationship and had pretty much written off ever finding The One. I’m 33. 


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Living by myself during lockdown, I became lonely and joined a prison pen-pal group on Facebook. 

I wrote letters to a few guys, but the conversation was always a little forced. Then I connected with the guy who’s now my boyfriend. He’s smart and witty, and his letters regularly make me laugh. 

Sometimes I even forgot he was serving time, but I know he is inside for a rape conviction and has six more years left to serve.

He swears he is innocent. I want to believe him because I can really see a future with him. Am I crazy?

DEIDRE SAYS: Aside from this man’s conviction for rape, there are plenty of reasons to warn you off putting all your faith in this hypothetical relationship.

After all, why wait six years for someone you have never met? If you want a loving relationship, start connecting with those who share your interests.

Try Meetup (meetup.com) for assistance getting to know new people.

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