Before the 90 Days’ Paul Staehle arrested for arson and more?

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.

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!

  • 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!

  • 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? :/

  • 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

  • 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.