Debra Newell says when she met her former husband, John Meehan, on an online dating website, she thought he was good looking, charming and successful. She says their relationship moved quickly and before she knew it, they were married.

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However, the mom of four says John started to display questionable behavior, and she started to notice red flags not long after they walked down the aisle.

“I learned that John was not a doctor nor an anesthesiologist, but he was a nurse,” Debra says. “I also found out that he had spent time in prison and he had a drug problem, heroin and prescription drugs. Not only had I found out that he had been in jail, but that he had just gotten out a couple days before we met.”

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Debra, whose relationship with John inspired the popular podcast Dirty John, continues, “I was 100 percent deceived. With John, I had no idea what to do.”

In the video above from Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear what happened when Debra decided to end their relationship. And, Robin McGraw, an active ambassador against domestic violence who has testified on Capitol Hill, shares information about separation assault and what you need to do if you want to leave an abusive relationship.

This episode airs Thursday. Watch more here.

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