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'Teen Mom''s Amber Dating Registered Sex Offender

USMagazine, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 2:53pm (PDT)

"Teen Mom"'s Amber Portwood may want to rethink her choice in men.

Her current beau Chris Hossman, who the MTV star met at a local Walmart, was convicted of child molestation charges on March 21, 2005 in his home-state of Indiana. The 5'7" offender was later released on October 6 the following year.

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But Portwood -- who broke things off with Gary Shirely, father of her 23-month old daughter, Leah -- initially had no idea just how scary Hossman's past was when they first began seeing each other.

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During a visit at the local nail salon before their first date, the single mom, 20, told her cousin Krystal that "it would be fun to go hang out with a nice guy, because I'm starting to lose faith in guys. If he's a really sweet guy, I'm not going to shrug him off."

Perhaps she should.

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While dining at Three Pigs Restaurant & Lounge in Anderson, Indiana (as seen on the October 5 episode of Teen Mom), Portwood asked Hossman what he did before they met.

"Well, I got into trouble and I got caught and they put me on work-release," he explained vaguely. "It's like a jail where you get to go out and work and you have to go back."

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He then shifted the conversation back to when he first met Portwood, who appeared taken aback by the news.

"That was the best day of my life when I met you, I can say that," he told her. "I was having a horrible day and you came out the door and I said, 'Wow.'"

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Portwood's response?

"Chris might be trying a little too hard, but it's kind of cute," she said.

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