Brad WomackAs reports of Brad Womack's alleged past indiscretions surfaced this week, the star of ABC's 'The Bachelor' admits his youthful mistakes to PEOPLE.

Tabloid rumors recently began to swirl of Womack's brushes with the law, which include fake IDs, public intoxication and forged checks.

"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," Womack told the magazine. "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, now 38, continues, "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."