"I'm sure I wouldn't be the first to admit that I had a couple of missteps when I was a teenager some 20 odd years ago. Some of the claims have been blown out of proportion but I took responsibility for my actions and took immediate measures to remedy the situation," Womack toldPeople.
"It was just part of my growing pains back when I was still young and naive. You learn from your experiences good and bad and you move on. It ultimately builds character."
Earlier this week, Star Magazinereported the 38-year-old The Bachelor star has a criminal rapsheet in Texas that includes carrying a forged driver's license, public intoxication and passing a bad check.
According to E! News, Womack -- who had taken his step-father's last name and was known as Stephen Bradley Pickelsimer at the time -- received 180 days of probation for the forgery charge.
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