Viewers have been wondering who the ex-husband of the latest Sister Wives’ Robyn Sullivan and father of her children was. Everyone has speculated why he would allow them to live in a plural marriage and be exposed on television.
The Sister Wives’ 4th wife, Robyn Sullivan, was previously married to David Preston Jessop and he is the father of her three young children as revealed by Star Magazine. That name sounds familiar doesn’t it. Robyn has stated that she grew up around polygamy and that she understood how it worked. Isn’t Jessop the family name of many polygamist that we have heard of recently? From child brides to lost boys, the name Jessop comes up more in the media than any other.
The father of Robyn’s kids, David Preston Jessop, is allegedly not happy that their private lives are being exposed on the television reality show, Sister Wives, but there is no word yet if he is unhappy that his ex-wife, Robyn, has married (kind of) a polygamist.
Robyn was shy in high school and previously lived in a trailer park. Obviously it has not been long since Robyn split with David Preston Jessop because their children are still relatively young.
The show is under scrutiny, although popular with viewers, because of the unusual situation and the fact that it is illegal. Kody Brown’s first wife, Meri, just recently announced that she was fired from her job in the mental health field because of the show even though her employers knew about her lifestyle previously.
All four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn have struggled with the addition of the 4th wife, Robyn, and the changes in their household.
The Sister Wives star, Kody Brown, husband of three wives is currently being investigated for felony bigamy. It is illegal to live with women as if you are married, even if you are not technically married to them, if you are already married to someone else.
It is unknown if charges will be brought against them because no one has been prosecuted for polygamy in fifteen years. But, this is the first time that a family has flaunted it so blatantly in front of law enforcement and the world.
Most cases of polygamy that have been prosecuted involve child brides, child molestation or other crimes that are not apparent in the Brown household. Still, it is a felony, and if convicted, Kody Brown could go to jail for up to five years. He has hired a high priced attorney to represent him.
UPDATE: Kody Brown and the ‘Sister Wives’ reveal their secrets on an October 31, 2010 special.