Convicted sex offender Lisa Clark and her 17-year-old husband appeared in a nationally televised interview Thursday morning to profess their love and desire to regain custody of their 2-year-old child.
Meanwhile, the teen’s grandmother says the couple’s claim on "Good Morning America," that she coerced the teen into signing away parental rights to a Douglas County woman was untrue.
"He says I forced him to sign those papers, which is a damn lie," Judy Hayles of Gainesville said in a phone interview Thursday.
Clark, 39, and the teen, who is not being named by The Times because he is the victim of a sex offense, were married when he was 15 and while Clark was pregnant with their child. She pleaded guilty in Hall County Superior Court to felony statutory rape and served a nine-month prison sentence. She later served an additional two years in prison on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a child in connection with her efforts in helping the teen escape from a group home.
Clark was released from prison last month and is now living in Lawrenceville.
The teen was living in Texas with his mother until sometime last week when he reunited with his wife, Hayles said.
According to an excerpt of the "Good Morning America" interview on the ABC-TV Web site, the teen said that Clark didn’t try to entice him.
"In fact she fought my advances for quite a while," the teen is quoted as saying.
Hayles said Clark and her grandson were enjoying their notoriety and the media attention it has attracted.
"Definitely," she said. "I’m sure it’s an exciting time for him right now, but it won’t last long. I’d like to take him and shake some sense into him until his brain rattled."
As for Clark, Hayles said she’s "just waiting for the day that she violates that probation and goes back to jail to serve the rest of her sentence, because she will."
Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said earlier this month that he was looking into whether letters Clark wrote to her husband while in prison constituted a violation of her probation. Under the terms of her probation, Clark was prohibited from having contact with her husband until he reached the age of 17. The letters were published in the book "Betrayed," co-written by Clark while in prison.
Hayles said she spoke with Darragh on Wednesday and the prosecutor told her that the letters, while published in the book, were never actually mailed to the teen.
Darragh would not comment Thursday on whether he would be able to prosecute Clark for a violation of her probation.
"This is a pending investigative matter, and I would be hesitant to make a comment about the status of the investigation to the press," Darragh said.
The book has since been taken off store shelves after the publisher determined that it named Clark’s alleged sex partners without their consent.
Hayles called the book "trashy, pure filth."