BEFORE THE 90 DAYS Paul Staehle arrested for arson and violating protective order

Before the 90 Days Paul Staehle arrests

On Sunday night’s premiere of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, viewers got to meet 34-year-old Paul from Louisville, Kentucky, who is traveling to a remote part of the Amazon in Brazil to meet his potential fiancee, 21-year-old Karine. Paul explained to TLC cameras that he started looking for love on international dating apps after some bad dating experiences with local women. “I haven’t had the best of luck in past relationships here locally,” he revealed in the premiere. “I’ve been betrayed. I’ve experienced unfaithful girlfriends — a lot of negative, chaotic things. Being burned that many times definitely affects anybody.”

Well, it appears that relationships aren’t the only burning experiences Paul has had because online records indicate he was found guilty of felony arson in 2014! (I’d like to nominate myself for the Best Segue Bloggy Award.)

Paul Staehle arrest mug shot

According to the Kentucky corrections website, Paul committed 2nd degree arson and “Burning Personal Property To Defraud Insurer” in 2007, and was convicted 7 years later. The site says he is currently being supervised under shock probation, which means that he probably served a brief amount of time in jail before being released. The site also indicates that his supervision is scheduled to end in April of 2020.

Before the 90 Days Paul Staehle mug shot

I would have thought that a felony conviction might have made it very difficult for Paul to be able to travel to Brazil, but apparently it wasn’t an issue as we have seen lots of footage and photos of him with Karine in her small village.

Paul Staehle arrest

In addition to the arson arrest, there are also online records indicating that Paul Staehle (same first, middle, and last name) was arrested in Taylorsville, Kentucky and charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO (Emergency Protective Order) / DVO (Domestic Violence Order) in 2013. Strangely, Paul’s age is off by a year and his height is listed as 6 foot, 0 inches despite Paul being listed as 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 8 inches on other arrest records. However, the mug shot from the arrest clearly shows Paul to be well short of 6 feet:

Paul Staehle arrest Taylorsville KY

During the premiere, Paul hinted at a potential arrest or something similar when talking about his hard luck dating history. “One of the relationships I was in ended so badly, it ended up getting me in some serious trouble,” he said, “and I haven’t explained it all to Karine yet.” Could this arrest be the “serious trouble” he was referring to?

Another strange thing about this arrest is that it lists a second charge of “Violation of Conditions of Release,” even though the only other arrest I could find a record of is the arson conviction above from 2014.

UPDATE – Paul has posted his own arrest warrant from 2013 that details how he violated the protective order granted to his ex-girlfriend at the time. Plus, “someone” posting on reddit seems to know a lot about Paul’s arson arrest as well. Click the link for all the details!

UPDATE – Paul applied for and received an early termination of his probation stemming from the arson conviction. Click the link for more information!

A couple other odd things about Paul’s story. He now uses an alias (Seth) online — and there is a GoFundMe campaign that was created in March of 2016 to raise “money to help my fiance help her family in her village and have a wedding ceremony.” The campaign includes a photo of Paul with Karine and her family, so I assume he changed the “story” after his trip earlier this year. Yu’ll notiec that he refers to Karine as his fiancée, so perhaps that is a big spoiler? Here’s the photo and full description:

Before the 90 Days Paul and Karine together in Brazil

Raising money to help my fiance help her family in her village and have a wedding ceremony. Village is located in the Amazonas region of Brazil. It is her dream to help her family and village as much as she can. She also prays we can get married in the village before her grand father passes.

(Random note: Paul’s shirt and necklace look very similar to what he is wearing in one of his mug shots.)

I was already DYING to see Paul’s Romancing the Stone journey up the Amazon, and now I’m even more intrigued by his story. It seems like there is sooo much Paul isn’t telling us or Karine. How is she going to react to learning about Paul’s “serious trouble?” I’m guessing when he tells her it is going to go from the Amazon River to the DRAMAzon River! I can’t wait!

Be sure to tune in to see if Paul survives the urethra invaders, deadly mosquitos, machete wielders, and Karine’s wrath on the next episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days airing Sunday night at 9/8c on TLC!

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  • melinehclassy

    Lmao wait what!? I really didnt expect this. He come off like a socially awkward mommas boy!!

  • Kitten

    This guy is a freak. Where does TLC fine these people? The hair his mom gave him in what looked like a used napkin was one of the more bizzare things I’ve ever watched. He gives off psyco murderer vibes to me.

    • barbinop

      The hair in the napkin was really bizarre to me too. He came across to me as a mommas boy. How in the world was he able to obtain a visa/passport?

      • Discobay

        He reminds me of Norman Bates – creepy!

      • BortLicensePlatez

        rich white dude. nothing stands in their way…

        • Lily Mathers

          Oh honey, he is not rich! He tried to get free money from strangers, didn’t you read that? I am poor but I don’t act tacky or try to work nice ppl to pay for a wedding.

        • LaurenAshley

          You have a new definition of rich…

      • Lily Mathers

        I totally missed that, omg! Why hair? Eww!

    • Demona

      The hair was bizarre. As was him thinking it was so sweet.
      I called my teenager in & asked if he needed a lock of hair for college. He said only if he was moving to New Orleans & needed it for the voodo doll. Here I was just trying to “make the sweetest gesture ever”!

  • jebuz

    Gosh dangit! Does TLC even do back ground checks on these people?

    • O.K.

      Of course, that’s how he got on

  • Juliana

    I guess he wasn’t shot in the Amazon since he’s still alive!! ha ha ha! I’m almost positive that his previous relationship troubles and criminal charges were because he didn’t have his mom’s hairbrush hairs in a tissue in his pocket!!!

  • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    What an utter moron and sucker. To go to Brazil and marry some dirt poor nobody seeking a green card! Lol what a retard! But to be fair they all are.

    • Trump2020MAGA

      You said it. One day the whites will rise against trahsblike this a. Jesus aim my gun!

    • Luna Dodd

      Oh stfu trump supporter you ain’t no worse th n that trash…

      • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

        Lol you don’t get to silence anyone. I bet that just burns you up, doesn’t it? Someone saying things you don’t like and you can’t stop them! Also you sound retarded. Work on your grammar before you bash anyone! Bye!

        • BortLicensePlatez

          sunshine, go back to your safe space and leave regular thinking people alone, thx :-*

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            I’m not a libtard, I can handle different opinions. Hug box faggotry is strictly your type of thing.

          • Like, With a Cloth?

            Liberoids have no “regular thinking skills”, snowflake. Run to your play doh and stuffed animals, lib snowflake!

      • Demona

        I think you meant better.
        You ain’t no better than that trash. Implying he’s equal to or worse than “that trash”
        You ain’t no worse than that trash. Implying that he’s equal to or BETTER than that trash- more of a pep talk than a trash talk. JS.

        • Nevajac Frye

          hahahaha! AND…it isn’t “you AIN”T no”! It’s “you AREN’T ANY”! hahahahaha! OMG! can’t stop laughing….there are really people out there that talk like that? (other than Danielle, lol). ” You Trump supporter”….OMG…..WTF does that have to do with ANYthing?!

          • Sandyjeanie

            As Danielle and now Larry would say, “Everything is so FUSSTRATING”. LOL.

      • Like, With a Cloth?

        You need to STFU, AH!!

  • Caty P. :)

    Def. a serial killer in the making.

    I see that some commenters here have brought gross racist stuff to this page. Helpful, however, as now I know who to block. Can we collectively keep that crap off the snark sites & stick to the (sometimes fun, sometimes lighthearted) topics at hand? :/

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  • Moptop

    “How is Karine going to react to news of Paul’s serious troubles?” – Like she cares. She just want OUT of there.

    • soave

      exactly…this show is getting so staged, that it is ridicolous. no saint person would take this much luggage. probably empty because the production told him tp

      • TottySpursChick

        That travel agent didn’t exactly HELP his “PARANOIA!””

  • Marina Karina

    I can’t believe the amount of “luggage” he brought with him – looked like 5 or 6 “trunks” of some sort. I spent 4 mos. in central america and took 1 large, 1 small suitcase.

    • TottySpursChick

      OMG ~ AND YOU’RE STILLLLLLLLLL ALIIIIIIVE??? Paul would probably have had a heart attack, had he been limited to 1 large & 1 small!!! Saying that, is LOVE TO KNOW how much $$$ he spent on excess baggage fees….I’ll bet it was MORE than all his travel, room & board & knickers//”GIFTS” put together!!!!

  • 1montrealaise3

    How was he able to travel abroad is he`s on probation for a felony conviction?

  • Lily Mathers

    Wow. My friend wanted to bet me money that his “secret” was that he is transgender. I should have bet! I never guessed FOUR mug shots, that is chilling. He is legit scary in the mug shots. And he needs her to take s friggin pregnancy test? Run, Karine, run! This makes his interaction with the police make sense, I just thought he was a scared weenie boy. How is this a MAN in mid 30s? Guess we know why he had to leave the country to date. Please tell me no one gave him money when real people are in need.

    • Clem Caddelhopper

      People in certain circumstances are desperate to get out. Sad but true.

  • Bryan M

    Anyone notice the thick blue velcroed vest he wears outside his t-shirt – looks like a bullet-proof vest.

    • Kim Smoot- Chesley

      Its a cooling vest. He can’t handle the heat I guess.

  • Carolyn Armstrong Woolverton

    And just how much is @TLC paying him?? And he needs a gofundme account!!😠😠😠😠😠😠😠SCAMMER!

  • Shelby

    I want to know how he was able to leave the country, let alone the state while he’s on probation?????????????????

  • packerpoke

    I haveto agree with Kitten, do they not check out the background ofthese people. There is resounabilty for TLc to do there job.

    • what’s going on

      Danielle has multiple arrests too. No felonies – but a shady background.

    • Nevajac Frye

      I’m not sure what “resoundability” is, but, point being, what does anyones past/criminal history have to do with them being on a reality show? The producers want, um…’colourful’ people, they aren’t looking for saints or role models. But, I, also, didn’t think you could leave the country if you were on probation?

    • Carrie ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🇺🇸

      They didn’t check the Duggar family first either. They didn’t check the Honey-Boo-Boo (sp?) clan either.

      I am beginning to see a pretty obvious thread going on…

  • Ernest

    I really hope that he does right with Karine.

    Local American women have screwed him up mentally.

    But, Karine may lead him to righteousness.

    • Carrie ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🇺🇸

      Umm, whereas I hope EVERYONE finds what they’re seeking, you have to see that Paul was the cause of all the problems he has been talking about.

      Finding a desperate-to-marry Brasileira is like shooting fish in a barrel. She has a 90% chance of dumping him once she escapes the Amazon.

      This I know because my husband of more than two decades has seven sisters, and they have dozens of female friends, who have all done the same to American men. Paul did what desperate men do when American women will no longer date you — he sought someone who can’t conduct any background checks… heck, she may not even know what a background check IS.

  • Getoveryourself

    I’m sorry but really TLC doesnt do back ground checks, its so wrong. Guess they need people to watch there show. Its so sick, watching people who served in prison, or that are over 20 years in age. Hmmmm…

  • Hozer

    This cat is absolutely a nut..Paul AKA (Norman Bates). This relationship is a train wreck..but that why he is on the show. This is my NOT surprised look..when they tell us he has ex-girlfriends tied up in his basement. Stand-by for more crazy showing up