Well yes. But not as a predator. One of my first deep features for D Magazine was telling the story of Darlene Calvin (now Darlene Ellison), whose husband — a prominent Lakewood-area dentist — was a pedophile preying on young boys. The story ran in the January 2006 issue. Click here to read the full feature in D Magazine.
It took a while to gain Darlene’s trust. Who can blame her? Can you imagine how scarred she was? She’d been burned by her ex-husband, Todd Calvin, and by the media. But she finally let me in and I became the first person she really opened up to about it.
Well, that got her over the hump, and she’s become a crusader for both the children and women who’ve been victimized by child molesters. Tomorrow she debuts her book, The Predator Next Door: Detect, Protect and Recover from Betrayal.
From the release about the book:
Four years ago tomorrow, the “singing dentist” of Lakewood (Todd Calvin) was arrested as part of an FBI sting operation. He was a member of the infamous organization NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) and later served two years in prison for his actions as a child predator.
Many folks have wondered about the secondary victims of Calvin’s crimes – his family. This predator’s ex-wife (Darlene Ellison) had her life shattered, but has fought back. Tomorrow, she will release a new book: The Predator Next Door: Detect, Protect and Recover from Betrayal.
Darlene Ellison wants to prevent other people from suffering at the hands of predators. She fought against NAMBLA and today speaks to community groups, law enforcement and others about detecting predators before they strike. Her new book tells about her personal journey, but also assists victims of betrayal during their recovery process.
Darlene wants people to know that there is life after betrayal. But we all must be ever-vigilant. For example, just because the FBI sting operation drove NAMBLA members underground does not mean they aren’t seeking new victims.
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Darlene apparently mentions me in the book, which is very generous. I’m due a copy soon. But she’s the hero, and a more courageous woman I don’t think I’ve met. Look for it on the bookshelves or Amazon.com.