On TLC’s new spinoff, 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, viewers are introduced to a group of Americans who decide to move abroad to be with the ones they love. Though most of these couples are first-time reality stars, fans immediately recognized Paul Staehle and Karine Martins from 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.
The duo, who tied the knot in November 2017, was originally going to live in the U.S., but Paul allegedly could not afford the K-1 visa process for his wife. After Karine got pregnant, they decided to have Paul move to Brazil instead.
As teasers for The Other Way reveal, Paul’s visa gets denied… on charges of terrorism. Scroll down for details on the 36-year-old’s past run-ins with the law.
Why was Paul from 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way accused of terrorism?
In a preview for the season, the controversial TV personality is shocked to learn that his application to live in Brazil has been rejected due to terrorism charges. No more information is given as to why Paul’s record includes such startling allegations.
Because he was denied permanent entry, Paul goes on to tell a pregnant Karine that he wants to go back to America in order to send money to her and the baby. The trailer shows Karine shouting at her husband to "Stop it!" which leads him to say, "We can get a divorce, that’s fine."
Though the couple’s relationship definitely appears to be on the rocks in promos for The Other Way, they seem to have worked things out — to a certain degree — since the birth of their son, Pierre Martins Staehle, on March 22, 2019.
Paul’s visa troubles may have to do with his criminal record.
The new dad first revealed that he spent time in jail on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days. "Roughly 10 years ago I was accused of burning my own property. And I was incarcerated pending trial for 18 months until I took a plea agreement and got on probation," he explained.
According to Starcasm, Paul committed second degree arson in 2007, but wasn’t convicted of burning personal property to defraud an insurer until 2014. The site states that his supervised probation stemming from the case officially ends in April 2020.
Paul was also charged with violating a Kentucky emergency protective order in 2013, which had been filed by an ex-girlfriend. Reports indicate that he "unlawfully sent text messages" to the woman. Paul addressed the arrest on Before the 90 Days.
"One of the relationships I was in ended so badly, it ended up getting me in some serious trouble," he told the camera. "My ex girlfriend and I both took out restraining orders against each other. And I ended up sending her a text message, which directly violated that order. So I got locked back up over it."
We sincerely hope that Paul has learned from his past mistakes for the sake of Karine and baby Pierre. We’re also curious to find out where these charges of terrorism come from.
Watch new episodes of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way every Monday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.