"He Is Just Sick..."

By: Malorie Maddox, Jim Hinchik, Jeff Olson Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Jim Hinchik, Jeff Olson Email

The wife of convicted child molester, Darrel Meyer, is speaking out for the first time.

"Do you think you'll ever be able to let go of the anger?" Malorie Maddox asked?

"No. I'll never be able to let go of that...sometimes I think it makes me stronger," said Donna Meyer.

Donna Meyer is opening up about her marriage that blew apart. Her husband, Darrel Meyer, is serving at least 30 hard years in prison.

Donna says, "Our life is just thrown in the trash and I don't know what to do about it."

Darrel Meyer was a longtime coach of the Omaha Chiefs, a youth football team. He was a family man. But, he broke the ultimate trust.

Donna says, "I wanted all the kids to be comfortable coming to Nana's, that would be their safest place to go. Turns out, it wasn't."

Darrel began molesting the young girl in their family when she was just five years old. The abuse continued for six years.

Donna says, "He truly did love her, I'm not saying he didn't...he's just sick."

Donna says no one in the family suspected anything--especially her--until she got a call. A family member had found text messages between the victim and Darrel. They were talking about having sex.

"Did you confront him?" Malorie Maddox asked.

"Oh, yeah. I confronted him." said Donna.

It was time for Darrel Meyer to pay for the crime he admitted to. He was sentenced in August.

When he tried to apologize in court, it was too much for the victim's mother, a member of Donna's family.

She lashed out at those who supported Darrel.

"How dare you sit there and shake your head. He's a freakin' pervert. He raped my daughter for years and you want to sit there and support his a$*!."

Donna says these emotions and anger have only grown in her family since then. She is trying to divorce Darrel, and has never defended him.

"I sent him a poem about the Broken Child. I hope he reads it many, many, many times."

The family still continues to deal with the extreme pain from Darrel's actions. Emotionally and financially, it has been an incredibly difficult three months.

They hope by speaking out, others will realize how abuse affects an entire family.

If you would like to help this family, there is a fund set up at Great Western Bank locations.

The name of the fund is "RAY OF LIGHT." Any money donated will go to the abuse victim's family.


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