Mama June Shannon Says “Protection Of My Kids Is Number One Priority” Despite Dating Child Molester (VIDEO)

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June Shannon Child Molester Interview

By Shari Weiss

June Shannon Child Molester Interview

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Mama June Shannon insists she’s protecting her kids at the same time she’s apparently dating a convicted sex offender. The controversial “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star addressed paparazzi outside of her Georgia home in the wake of the disturbing news that she’s resumed a relationship with Mark McDaniel, the same man who molested Shannon’s then-8-year-old daughter Anna more than a decade ago (video below).

As Gossip Cop has reported, McDaniel spent 10 years in prison for aggravated sexual molestation. Shannon has claimed she hasn’t seen him since his release in March, but photographs have emerged showing them together on a several occasions in recent weeks. One picture from September even features McDaniel with his hand on the shoulder of Shannon’s youngest, most famous offspring, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.

Now Shannon insists, “The protection of my kids is my number one priority.” The now-former reality star revealed she’s already partnered with an unnamed media outlet to give a tell-all interview “when the time is right.” “I have to think about my family. I have to think about my kids. I have to think about a lot of things outside of this. My kids are my number one priority,” she said.

Shannon further declared, “The whole truth will come out on my side,” and stressed, “We are handling this as a family matter. We are doing it behind closed doors. That’s how I am. I’m very quiet. I love my family… We’re all doing fine. We’re just handling it as a family, and handling what happens privately privately.” Of course, those statements are pretty rich coming from someone who just spent several years on a reality television show, a career she only got after letting her daughter Alana be featured on “Toddlers and Tiaras.” And, of course, Shannon is insisting they are handling the issues privately… at the same time she’s promising to divulge all. Perhaps most disturbingly, Shannon was frequently smiling and laughing as she made these comments.

The matriarch was also photographed on Wednesday with Alana and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, her estranged longtime partner whom she supposedly left because he was allegedly cheating on her, though now reports say the relationship actually ended because of Shannon’s connection with McDaniel. TMZ reports that Thompson is, understandably, not happy about Shannon and McDaniel, but is remaining connected to the family for the well-being of Alana.

Anna, meanwhile, has done an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” in which she expresses shock and sadness over her mother getting back together with McDaniel despite the horrific offenses he committed against her. “It gives me a lot of emotions. I’m mad, I’m upset, I feel betrayed. And I just feel very hurt,” says the 20-year-old. “That’s the main thing I am. I feel vey hurt that mama let him come around.” Anna further says of her mom, “And she’s happy. She was laughing, smiling, and giggling when he was around. You know, he’s a child molester, Mama. He did this to me. Why would you let him come around the girls knowing what he did? And reportedly done it to another girl?”

Anna further reveals that Shannon still hasn’t accepted what happened all those years ago, when she didn’t take her daughter’s claims seriously. She tells “ET,” “She never told me she believes me. She never said, ‘Hey Anna, I’m sorry for not believing you.” Anna says point-blank, “It’s mama’s fault. It’s her fault. She has to live with it. She has to live with what she’s done, because she has brung the past back.”

Check out a preview of Anna’s “Entertainment Tonight” interview below.

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