A woman who discovered she was married to a convicted paedophile just a week after their wedding – is still trying to divorce him FIVE years later.
Trapped Jazmin Cullen, 24, thought Jason Cullen was Mr Right when she met him in a pub and within months they got married.
But on their honeymoon horrified Jazmin realised she had wed a monster when she found sick child abuse pics on a laptop and shopped him to police.
Jazmin then found out that Cullen, 31, a former ambulance call operator, had also lied to her about his identity and criminal past.
Two years earlier he had been jailed for possessing 8,000 child abuse images, including some of the worst possible, and exchanging them with fellow paedophiles.
He had served half a two year prison sentence and met Jazmin shortly after being released.
But she knew nothing of his sickening secret until her grandmother found disgusting child images on her laptop and realised Cullen had downloaded them.
The brave pair reported Cullen – real name Jason Hodson – and he was hauled back to court and given a community order.
But Jazmin has found herself unable to divorce Cullen because he is refusing to cooperate, dragging out the legal end to their marriage.
Horrified Jazmin, from Carshalton, Surrey, said: “He seemed like such a normal and charming man and still to this day I find it very hard to believe it is the same person.
“I wanted to believe it was all a mistake. At no point did I ever support his actions, but I wanted to believe that it was not true.
“Seeing him convicted was a mix of relief, complete devastation and disbelief.
“In many ways I have been able to put it in my past but being married to him is a constant reminder. Every time I receive a letter, or see my name, it is distressing.
“I did love him completely, and my wedding day was a lovely and happy day for me at the time, but now thinking of him is very distressing.
“Divorcing him will be the final step in moving on but so far he has denied me that.”
Jazmin met Cullen in 2010 when he was working in a Croydon pub and was taken by his “charming” personality.
He proposed within months and the loved-up pair wed in February 2011 during a personal ceremony in Brighton before going to stay with her grandmother.
But just a week after the wedding her grandmother Jennifer, 65, checked her own laptop and discovered that Cullen had used it to download child abuse images.
Some of the 20 sordid pictures involved kids as young as two and the pensioner also found entries for vile websites in the ‘history’ section.
Distraught Jazmin said: “My world came crashing down.
“Jason had been using the laptop a bit but we didn’t think anything of it.
“We were watching TV and she just burst into tears. She was obviously horrendously shocked and upset.
“To be quite honest I didn’t know how to feel. I was absolutely disgusted. I was just speechless.”
Jazmin and Jennifer immediately confronted Cullen who first tried to blame the images on the pensioner before confessing.
Jennifer called the police, who immediately searched the home.
As solicitors prepared the case distraught Jazmin discovered that her new husband had already been in court – under his previous name – for 8,000 sick child abuse pics.
Two years before their marriage Kingston Crown Court heard how the fiend had traded swapped pictures of babies and kids with perverts online, some at the worst level.
Cullen had denied 20 counts of distributing images and 24 counts of possession but was convicted by a jury and jailed for two years.
He was released on licence after a year and then changed his name via deed poll, claiming he had received death threats.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that his pictures were in articles I found online, I would never have believed he had had this double life. I was completely dumbfounded.”
Vile Cullen pleaded guilty to possessing the indecent images on his grandmother-in-law’s laptop at Sutton Magistrates’ Court in April 2011.
But after hearing he had already spent 14 weeks in custody since his arrest, he was given an 18-month community order and fined £85.
The court heard he had allegedly been abused aged 16, but no one was ever arrested, charged or prosecuted.
It took horrified Jazmin a number of years to pluck up the courage to contact a solicitor to start divorce proceedings which she began in early 2013.
But according to Jazmin, Cullen has continued to change his name and whereabouts, making divorcing him impossible.
She is now looking into getting a decree nisi divorce, on the grounds they have lived apart for long enough.
“At one point I wasn’t sure if there was any hope out there, but now I’m doing really well now in my life,” she said.