Scott Williams is a doting dad to a 10-year-old boy.
Scott Williams is also a man who went from being a respected white-collar worker to a man imprisoned for stealing several hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.
And Scott Williams is also a man who wants to talk about what his imprisonment did to his family.
He isn’t looking for sympathy. He isn’t looking for forgiveness. He admits he did the crime and he deserved to do the time. He just wants to share his story about what it’s like to have to sit down and tell your son, “Daddy’s done something wrong. He’s going to jail.”
He wants to let everyone know that it’s pretty brutal. That his crime cost him his marriage, and the family unit.
But it didn’t cost him his relationship with his son. That survived, because Scott was 100 per cent determined that it must.
You can hear Scott’s story on the latest episode of This Glorious Mess, here:
Scott and his wife worked together at the company that Scott defrauded. When his crime was uncovered, she – blindsided and horrified – immediately ended the marriage, and Scott moved out of the family home to await his sentencing.
“My son was just over eight years old. The first thing that Josh knew was that Dad had moved out and gone to stay at grandpa’s for a while.
“I told him, one day you’ll be ready to know what happened, so when you are ready, ask me and I will tell you.”
That day came while Scott was about to go to trial.
“We were having dinner one night at my place and he said, ‘Dad, I would like to know’.
“So I said: ‘Dad’s done something wrong. Dad’s stolen some money from work’.”
“He asked me, ‘Is it a lot of money?’
“And I said, ‘Yes, son, it is.”
“And Josh said, ‘Oh well then Dad, you should go to jail.”