Her ex-fiance--that she had known for 15 years--left her in shock. He admitted he was guilty of child pornography charges.
We'll call her "Natalie." She is sharing what she thought was a love story. A few weeks ago, it all fell apart.
"Natalie" says, "The truth. I found out out February 17th at 3:30 at the lawyer's office."
"Natalie" remembers the exact time, because at that moment, she found out her fiance, James Weiss was pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
Natalie says, "It just didn't make sense. I'd know him for 15 years."
Natalie says the engagement was off. She sold the ring. The only thing she was left with-8 months of love letters.
Why letters since May of last year? Because that's when Weiss was arrested. Natalie says he insisted the images the FBI found on his computer were not his.
We learned in Federal Court last week, FBI agents discovered thousands of photos of children. They say Weiss had been collecting them for almost 10 years.
"Natalie" says--some of those pictures--were of young children stolen from average families at random. Weiss did it-while working as a photo processing clerk at a national drugstore chain.
"Natalie" says, "Took their photographs to him to have them developed. Had no idea he was keeping photographs of their children."
Weiss took a plea, but only after writing "Natalie" on February 17th, the day he finally confessed the truth.
In a final letter he writes, "I am not asking you to forgive me because I cannot forgive myself. I hope you have a good life."
"Natalie" says, "I think I was used a a pawn because he wanted to cover up his lifestyle."
We contacted James Weiss to ask if he wanted to speak on his case. He declined our request.
We also contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office. We asked them to give us more information on the photos "Natalie" mentioned Weiss stole as a clerk-and where those photos are now.
They declined our request.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilig tells Channel 6, they may release more information when Weiss is sentenced in June.