The relationship between 16-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and 21-year-old Dralin Carswell has not been universally supported by Mama June: Road to Redemption fans, and a recently resurfaced event from 2019 certainly won’t help convince the doubters.
According to police and court documents obtained by The Sun, Dralin was arrested in May 2019, initially charged with statutory rape.According to police reports, Dralin– who was 18 at the time of his arrest— was busted for having sex with a 15 year-old.
After the incident was exposed by The Sun, an interview was posted, showing Alana and her older sister (and legal guardian) Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon defending Dralin and his relationship with Alana.
Dralin’s arrest–- which seemingly occurred before Dralin and Alana began dating– happened after the mother of the alleged victim brought her daughter to the police station claiming Dralin climbed through her daughter’s window and had sex with the 15-year-old. Dralin was 18 years old at time.
While the alleged victim told police the sex was consensual, the legal age of consent in Georgia is 16. The 15-year-old went on to tell police the plan was for Dralin to “come to the house and while there they had consensual unprotected sex in her bedroom.”
Dralin told police the 15-year-old was his girlfriend. When originally questioned by police about what happened, Dralin lied and claimed to have never been at the girl’s house. However, when Dralin’s friends were questioned, they admitted to dropping Dralin off at the girl’s house and picking him up an hour later.
The friends also claimed that Dralin “was scared and told them to drive fast” when they picked him up, as the 15-year-old’s “mama had caught him inside the house.”]
Dralin was initially charged with statutory rape, but after completing a pretrial diversion program, he was able to have the claim dismissed for making a false statement to law enforcement. During Dralin’s pretrial hearing in June 2021, he agreed to fulfill the terms of the program in exchange for having the charge dismissed.
During the hearing, the assistant district attorney said they didn’t feel they could prove statutory rape occurred due to lack of evidence. However, they could prove that Dralin made a false statement to law enforcement.
Dralin allegedly completed the requirements of the program on December 13, at which point the case was dismissed.
Earlier this week, Alana addressed some of the criticism she’s received over her relationship with Dralin. (It appears the interview was filmed before Dralin’s arrest record was exposed, though.)
Alana told ET she believes the “haters” judge them not only for their age gap, but for being an interracial couple as well. Regardless of the reason behind the criticism, Alana said she isn’t worried about it, because she and Dralin have the approval of those who really matter.
“I don’t care because, like, at the end of the day, my sister [Pumpkin] approves, his mom approves, and we’re happy,” she said. “So what fans got to say or what haters got to say I really don’t care.”
Pumpkin echoed Alana’s sentiments, stating that she has not problem with the age gap between Alana and Dralin.
“He is a little bit older but [my husband] Josh is a little bit older than me,” Pumpkin said. “But that’s obvious [where] a lot of backlash that they get [comes from]. But I like Dralin a lot. The kids love Dralin, Josh loves Dralin. I don’t care about all the background noise. His family is so great…they have been very good to us and they have treated us just like family.”
Pumpkin also noted that her sister is more mature after growing up in the spotlight.
“She’s not getting married, she’s not having a kid, she’s doing very good in school…They really are on the same wavelength…Alana has seen a lot, done a lot so Alana is very mature for her age,” she said.
Pumpkin stated that she has strict rules set for Alana and Dralin when Dralin visits.
“She already knows the rules. You ain’t shutting no bedroom doors. You gonna sit out here and hang out with us. Dralin’s always been very respectful about boundaries and stuff that we’ve set here in our home and outside of the home…just don’t be coming in at 2 or 3 in the morning. This is not no frathouse!”
Dralin, Alana and Alana’s family have yet to comment on Dralin’s 2019 arrest.
You can watch Alana and Pumpkin’s interview with Entertainment Tonight below!
(Photos:Instagram; We TV)