Mama June from Honey Boo Boo Denies She's Dating a Sex Offender

Mama June from 'Honey Boo Boo' Denies Dating a Sex Offender
Mama June
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10/24/2014 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Mama June is fighting back.

June Shannon, 35, the matriarch on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has denied reports this week that she is dating a convicted sex offender – writing on Facebook that she left the man 10 years ago.

"It isnt true i promise," she writes. "My kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."

The man, Mark McDaniel, 53, was convicted of aggravated child molestation and imprisoned in June 2004.



There was no immediate reaction from TLC to Shannon's statement. Earlier this week, the network said: "We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series."

Shannon split from Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson – who is father to 9-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo – last month after a decade together.



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