Chris Hinton, Son Of Sex Offender: Father 'Went From Role Model To Worst Person'

Posted: Updated:
Chris Hinton told HuffPost Live that he lost his
Chris Hinton told HuffPost Live that he lost his "mentor" and "friend" when he learned his father was a sex offender.

Registered sex offenders are subjected to years of public embarrassment and scrutiny, but they aren't the only ones impacted by their crime. Their spouses and children suffer as well.

On HuffPost Live this week, Chris Hinton shared his story of discovering his father's secret and the impact it has had on his life. Hinton told HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd that the day he found out was "without a doubt" the worst day of his life. It all started with a phone call from his mother, who broke the news that his father was under investigation for molesting a child at the church where he served as part-time minister.

"With one phone call," Hinton said, "you have your father, your mentor, he was my minister at one point, my friend, role model, you have all that taken away."

Hinton's father pleaded guilty to eight counts of molestation and is now serving a 30-year minimum sentence in prison. Hinton told HuffPost Live that it has been 1 1/2 years since he first found out and that he's just now coming around to corresponding with his father occasionally through letters. Hinton says he also hopes to turn his family's tragedy into something positive by becoming an advocate for other families that are struggling to get their lives back together.

Watch the Full Segment on HuffPost Live.

Around the Web

Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders

Home for sex offenders prompts Marysville family to move | Local ...

Help For Families of Sex Offenders - YouTube

Too Many Restrictions on Sex Offenders, or Too Few?

Missing Teen Found After Sex Offender's Family Turns Them In

Sex offender charged after family turns in missing St. Charles teen

Family explains their decision to take sex offender into home