Kim Zolciak's first husband was convicted of child molestation years before her split from Kroy Biermann
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kim Zolciak, who recently became single, was devastated to discover a shocking fact about her first marriage years before filing for divorce from her current partner, Kroy Biermann. More than ten years ago, news broke that Daniel Dominic Toce, a 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star, admitted to assaulting a 15-year-old girl who was eventually identified as his ex-stepdaughter.
Toce and Zolciak share Ariana and Brielle. Additionally, the 'RHOA' actress and Biermann are parents to twins Kaia and Kane, Kroy Jagger (KJ), Kash, and another child. After his two-year marriage to Zolciak came to an end in 2003, Toce remarried. He was later detained in 2010 for sexually endangering a minor. He was given a 10-year prison term after entering a guilty plea to a single count of criminal sexual abuse against a juvenile.
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He was ordered to serve a 10-year probationary period after his release and to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. While the rest of his sentence was suspended, he spent some time at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, as per reports.
Kim was 'sick to her stomach'
According to a source close to the reality star, Kim couldn't "believe the father of her girls is a child molester!" The source added, "When she got the news, she was sick to her stomach, Kim couldn't stop thinking about the shocking crime that Daniel committed on that innocent girl," as reported by RadarOnline.
'He became very close with me'
When the girl moved in with her mother and Toce, she was just 14. She spent "two years being abused" by him, she claimed in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com.
"He became a friend, He became very close with me," the victim told the outlet, claiming he "manipulated me into thinking that he was this good person and that everything was okay … then once he built that relationship with me, that's when all the abuse started," as per reports.
'She doesn't want him near her girls'
After learning about the molestation, Zolciak contacted her legal team to see if she could permanently shield their girls from him. The source claimed, "She doesn't want him anywhere near her two girls when he gets out of prison. Kim feels terrible about what Daniel did and has spoken to his victim on the phone. But she's still trying to come to grips with the fact that her ex-husband is a child molester," as reported by RadarOnline.