Frank Rodriquez is a registered sex offender in the state of Texas, but both he and his wife say he’s been unfairly labeled a criminal.
In 1996, when Rodriguez was a senior in high school he met the girl who would become his wife. Nikki was a 15-year-old freshman at the time. Their relationship grew quickly and they became sexually active. Nikki confided in her mother, Melissa Ostman, that she was now sexually involved with Rodriguez.
There were a number of arguments between the mother and daughter, before the Ostman would take a drastic step that would alter the couple’s life forever.
Upset that Nikki was having sex, Ostman went to the police station and reported that the then 19-year-old Rodriguez was sleeping with her 15-year-old daughter. She intended to simply scare the young man, and the next day, went back to the station with her daughter intending to rescind her complaint. However, it was too late.
Nikki told police that the sex was consensual, but she was taken to the hospital to be examined for signs of rape.
Rodriguez was charged with statutory rape, and in order to avoid jail time, he pleaded guilty and received 7 years probation. He was also required to register as a sex offender.