Mom regrets letting porn star have custody of her kids

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When Rachel Voight gave up her children during a rough patch in her life, she thought the Grand Rapids couple taking them in were great wholesome parents. Apparently a former porn star and Internet porn business owners weren't the kind of parents she bargained for.

Voight gave Anne and Joe Gale custody of her now 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old boy in 2007, but now she wants her kids back. She says she wouldn't have given the Gales custody if she knew about their former lifestyle.

But the judge hearing the case decided the parents, despite their dirty past, were fit to be parents and continue to have custody of the children.

The Gales owned an Internet porn business and Anne starred in some of the movies featured on the site.

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In his ruling, Judge John Hawkinson said Anne Gale, who once appeared in explicit videos on her former website, and her husband, Joe, have a close, healthy and supportive relationship with the 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, and that the couple's past lifestyle does not appear to have an adverse effect on the children.

The Gales' Internet porn business featured home-produced adult videos, stories and sex toys. The site was shut down in 2004, and the following year the Gales began offering home day care and foster care for children.

Hawkinson held a non-jury trial in January, and filed a ruling Thursday in Itasca County District Court. The ruling said the Gales' past lifestyle was investigated in 2005 by county officials who licensed the couple to care for children.

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