June 13, 2016
When Kevin’s brother-in-law passed away two years ago, Kevin, 38, says he stepped up to help his 14-year-old niece, Grace, who he says was depressed and having trouble in school.
“I was there as a shoulder to cry on,” he says. “Me coming around helping her with school had a snowball effect to where we formed this close relationship, a special bond that we have. It’s not anything that I set out to do. It’s kind of the path that we went down.”
However, Grace’s mother, Bridget, says she fears Kevin may be engaging in an inappropriate relationship with her now 16-year-old daughter.
“His car would be in my driveway when he should have been at work,” Bridget says. “They spent a lot of time in Grace’s room with the door closed.”
Bridget says then she found an empty bottle of whipped cream behind a stack of DVDs in Grace’s room, so she started to snoop and found a letter that Kevin had written to Grace.
“When I read it, I was physically ill,” Bridget says. “I felt that something inappropriate had happened.”