Dr Phil: Melissa’s Relationship With a Minor, Will She Go To Prison?


Dr Phil: Melissa & T.J.

Melissa and T.J. have been together for two years, are engaged and have a four-month-old baby. This all may sound normal, but T.J. is only 17 and Melissa is 30-years-old. The truth came out about their love affair and now Melissa is facing up to 15 years in prison and is being labelled as a predator.

Dr Phil: Emotional Relationship With a Minor

Melissa came to Dr. Phil to clear the tabloid rumors about her and T.J. She said she wants people to know there was no premeditation in her relationship with T.J., and she never set out to be with a 16-year-old boy. T.J. told her when they met that he was 18 and it later came out that he was 16. By that point, she said they were in a deep, emotional relationship.


T.J. wants everyone to know that he is not a “stupid boy.” He said he is trying to take care of his family. He provides rent money and groceries for their family. He also wants to know what Dr. Phil thinks about his relationship with Melissa.

Dr Phil: T.J.’s Plan

T.J. said that Melissa is a great mom to her two daughters, one of which is T.J.’s as well. Dr. Phil wondered what he was basing that off of because T.J.’s mom left him when he was eight. T.J. said he was raised by his dad and stepmother, who doesn’t always seems to care and is disrespectful.


Dr Phil: Melissa's Relationship With a Minor, Will She Go To Prison?

Melissa, 30, is in a relationship with T.J., 17. They have a four-month-old baby and she faces 15 years in prison.

He said he is trying to make the best of things. T.J. believes that he and Melissa will last in the long haul and wants to marry her on his 18th birthday. He said he would wait for Melissa if she went to jail, but he doesn’t think she will because it’s her first offense and their love is real.

Having a baby was T.J.’s plan. He plans to continue providing for his family through a job in the military, law enforcement or as a model, but he hasn’t decided yet.

Dr Phil: Risk Analysis Of Melissa & T.J.

Dr. Phil told Melissa and T.J. how he feels about their relationship through the risk analysis.

The facts are these: Melissa is out on bail, charged with having intimate relations with certain minors, facing 15 years in prison and has no paid attorney. She is living in a motel room and the cops have been called there seven times in the last few months to settle domestic disputes between Melissa and T.J. She has two older sons with an ex-husband and hasn’t seen them in over a year. Melissa had a baby with a minor which was planned by T.J.

What do you think, based on the facts? Will this couple last the next 30 years or the next hour of Dr. Phil? 


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