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Mom Catches Sexual Predator on Facebook

Mom Uses Target Ad to Nab Sexual Predator

"Caroline," a mom from St. Petersburg, FL, wasn't keen on her 11-year-old getting on Facebook, so she was furious when she discovered her daughter corresponding with a 23-year-old man through the social network. She wrote back to the older "friend" as though she were her daughter, and when his requests became explicit, she used her wits — and a Target mailer — to put him behind bars.

Watch the USA Today video below to find out how her one-woman sting operation got this predator off the streets.

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TeraStizmann TeraStizmann 3 years
This is great!! If only all mothers were this tenacious and passionate about protecting their kids!!!
JoyceGagnon JoyceGagnon 3 years
alas! no clip, but the ad works great!
JoyceGagnon JoyceGagnon 3 years
who would know? it's been 10 min., and the clip is still buffering. ::::sigh::::
JenaDraney JenaDraney 3 years
I think that she did the right thing protecting her daughter. There are a lot of creeps out there that are looking for young women to prey on. It's so dangerous for young people and she absolutely did the right thing in protecting her daughter.
CoMMember13613660115019 CoMMember13613660115019 3 years
@BrendaTurner & Melissafox11420 & Nancy & Others (probably moms): I completely agree with you. I think that no matter what kind of bad behavior occurs with people (deadbeat dads, sexual predators, murderers when there is no self defense involved, etc.), there will ALWAYS be SOMEONE to come to their defense and blame the victim. Always. I'll even take it a step further. To me, even if the mom let the child have a facebook page, it is not acceptable for an 23 year old to make any sexual advances towards her. I don't care if the girl sent a picture of her vagina. When adults deal with children, we need should hold them to an adult standard. I'm going to stop now because I could write on this all day. lol! P.S. Sorry that I keep reposting this same thing. I'm having computer issues. I meant I agree with Nancy, not Sally. :)
CoMMember13613660115019 CoMMember13613660115019 3 years
@BrendaTurner & Melissafox11420 & Others (probably moms): I completely agree with you. I think that no matter what kind of bad behavior occurs with people (deadbeat dads, sexual predators, murderers when there is no self defense involved, etc.), there will ALWAYS be SOMEONE to come to their defense and blame the victim. Always. I'll even take it a step further. To me, even if the mom let the child have a facebook page, it is not acceptable for an 23 year old to make any sexual advances towards her. I don't care if the girl sent a picture of her vagina. When adults deal with children, we need should hold them to an adult standard. I'm going to stop now because I could write on this all day. lol!
MsC50524 MsC50524 3 years
@Sallybackhaus....U must have some family members thats into tis kind of thing, because you are defending this creep....WOWWWWW! I take my hat off to the mother for a JOB WELL DONE!:)
CoMMember13613660115019 CoMMember13613660115019 3 years
@BrendaTurner & Melissafox11420 &Sally & Others (probably moms): I completely agree with you. I think that no matter what kind of bad behavior occurs with people (deadbeat dads, sexual predators, murderers when there is no self defense involved, etc.), there will ALWAYS be SOMEONE to come to their defense and blame the victim. Always. I'll even take it a step further. To me, even if the mom let the child have a facebook page, it is not acceptable for an 23 year old to make any sexual advances towards her. I don't care if the girl sent a picture of her vagina. When adults deal with children, we need should hold them to an adult standard. I'm going to stop now because I could write on this all day. lol!
BrendaTurner BrendaTurner 3 years
@sally you obviously did NOT watch the video. The daughter created a FB account without her mother's permission. The mother found out and got on the account. Obviously if he's being charged there's proof he knew the girl was under 18 and the photo sent was of a teenage girl. Stop protecting him. He is NOT innocent and who cares about his reputation? HE'S A CHILD SEX PREDATOR!!!!!
melissafox11420 melissafox11420 3 years
"We don't know what age the child claimed to be. We don't know who contacted whom first. We don't know what the child said to him." Are you kidding me?? Can you look at the picture the mother sent and tell me that could be mistaken for an adult??? It doesn't matter what she said...he obviously thought he was talking to a very young girl. He's a pervert and this mother took action. Kudos to her and I hope he rots in jail.
NancyBartlett NancyBartlett 3 years
Ok whatever! you guys sound like you are trying to blame the mother. Sorry, but if the predator gets put away it is all that matters. & who cares about HIS reputation. It was obvious he was up to no good. More predators like this are out there. I am glad she took this action. And obviously, the mother was monitoring her daughter's account. There was nothing wrong with what she did.
SallyBackhaus SallyBackhaus 3 years
You're not supposed to be on Facebook until you're 13. Her mom "wasn't keen" about her having the account, but didn't bother to make her follow the rules. We don't know what age the child claimed to be. We don't know who contacted whom first. We don't know what the child said to him. We don't know what age the mom claimed to be when she took over the child's account. We don't know what the mom said to him or how long it took for his responses to become explicit. It's entirely possible this was some innocent guy unfairly targeted by a woman because her lack of parenting got her kid into a stupid situation. Now his life is ruined because some twit didn't want to take responsibility for her child's actions and we're supposed to be proud of her. That's just as sick as a real child predator.
TaraLalwani TaraLalwani 3 years
I admire the mothers presence of mind in the handling of the situation .. these men are real sick .. bad enough its a child he was targeting .... it would have been revolting even if it were an adult he was after . Only sick minds could go about behaving in this manner . i have seen too many of these crimes with men preying upon unexposed innocent young girls , there is no excuse or pardon for this behavior .
KatCooper KatCooper 3 years
Danny14611210, I agree with you, if this guy is acquitted either due to girl lying about her age, or in my theory, mom's not telling the whole story, something's not right about this, the Guy is screwed. His face is on the video with words like child sexual predator, being tossed around, the guy's reputation is already destroyed. I'm gonna try to keep up with this case to see how it all plays out. I just know in my gut, mom isn't being totally honest, somethings very wrong about this whole story.
KatCooper KatCooper 3 years
Sorry for multiple posts, cell phone & these annoying little ads kept getting in my way & not allowing me to type.better. I'm really sorry.
KatCooper KatCooper 3 years
I tried to post here using my cell, a damn ad stopped me from being able to finish. I'm sorry. I'm unable to get on a computer to post. But mom admits she used a picture of an older girl, & used her "wits" to get the guy put away. Mom said she wasn't "KEEN" on her daughter on FB, but keen doesn't mean she said no, & it actually sounds like mom helped her register & then only got upset when she caught daughter talking to the 23 yr old. We don't know what types of things mom said to him, how she typed, or what she typed, but she pretended to be the older girl in the picture, she talked to him, used her "wits' to catch him. So my question is, did mom lead him on by using the picture of an older girl, & what types of things did mom say to him, & for how long, BEFORE he started getting explicit with her? Did mom set him up because of his age, & because her daughter is really only 11, but mom DID let her have the account, & she's just trying to basically, cover her own ass if someone asks how her daughter not only got an account, but OBVIOUSLY, used a home computer to talk to the guy? Just an idea, because there's just something not right about this whole story.
KatCooper KatCooper 3 years
I tried to post here using my cell, a damn ad stopped me from being able to finish. I'm sorry. I'm unable to get on a computer to post. But mom admits she used a picture of an older girl, & used her "wits" to get the guy put away. Mom said she wasn't "KEEN" on her daughter on FB, but keen doesn't mean she said no, & it actually sounds like mom helped her register & then only got upset when she caught daughter talking to the 23 yr old. We don't know what types of things mom said to him, how she typed, or what she typed, but she pretended to be the older girl in the picture, she talked to him, used her "wits' to catch him. So my question is, did mom lead him on by using the picture of an older girl, & what types of things did mom say to him, & for how long, BEFORE he started getting explicit with her? Did mom set him up because of his age, & because her daughter is really only 11, but mom DID let her have the account, & she's just trying to basically, cover her own ass if someone asks how her daughter not only got an account, but OBVIOUSLY, used a home computer to talk to the guy? Just an idea, because there's just something not right about this whole story.
Danny14611210 Danny14611210 3 years
Take a look at the TV show called Catfish - now tell me that people on FB do not lie about their age, sex, etc. I have a feeling that if this dude can prove that the girl had lied on her age and listed it as 18 or above then he will go free - as he should. People post crap pics of "themselves' and we are not told here whether the girl did this or actually posted real pics. We are not told whether she lied about her age. All we are told is that the mother is calling him a sexual predator which automatically raises people's red flags. The question is, if he is acquitted due to the girl lying about her age et al, then how can he erase that stain from his record since they showed his face on the vid? The answer is NOT at all... As far as the police issue goes, they arrest first, THEN it goes to trial to prove guilt or innocence. It is not for the cops to determine guilt in this sort of case.
KatCooper KatCooper 3 years
Caroline," a mom from St. Petersburg, FL, wasn't "KEEN" on her 11-year-old getting on Facebook, so she was furious when she discovered her daughter corresponding with a 23-year-old man through the social network. She wrote back to the oublder "friend" as though she were her daughter, and when his requests became explicit, she used her wits —and a Target mailer —to put him behind ba
NaomiVissersKranz NaomiVissersKranz 3 years
If she put down that she was 18, it is not a case of preying on children. We will have to see how this plays out. I am not saying he is innocent, but maybe not the animal he is being portrayed to be. This girl should be in a lot of trouble for lying and disobeying so that maybe she can learn a lesson that might keep her safer in the future.
AnneKathleenMurphy AnneKathleenMurphy 3 years
The story is deplorable, but some of the comments are even more so. You're not allowed to make a facebook account until you're 13, blah, blah, blah. I guess the other parents saying this have had the good fortune of having children who have never done something they're not supposed to do. The rest of us with imperfect children aren't quite so lucky. And since most children have access to smart phones today, it's way too easy for children to lie about their age and set up a fb account without their parents' knowledge or consent - no credit card required! It takes two to tango, she may have been leading him on, blah, blah, blah. You adults DO realize you're talking about an 11-year-old CHILD here, don't you? You should be ashamed of yourselves for holding a 5th grader responsible for her behavior instead of the ADULT PREDATOR. Regardless of what she did or said, she is still a CHILD with a CHILD'S mind. If this were your child, would you want other parents to blame your child instead of the adult? A sexual predator is a sexual predator, and one who preys on young girls who are just starting to develop both physically and emotionally is the vilest predator of all. Good for this mom for putting him away, and I hope he stays locked away for a long time. And SHAME on those of you who are blaming the victim.
JoniGriffith JoniGriffith 3 years
Yes and the way Facebook confirms that your 13 is by asking and expecting the person to tell the truth. The mom had already told the child she didn't want her to have a fb period, it's not a great stretch that she lied about her age as well. I'm sure for the cops to be able to prosecute him she would have still had to be listed as a minor.
doraHetrick doraHetrick 3 years
Thank you for your creative handling of a difficult situation.
Che14609644 Che14609644 3 years
While I agree she did something good at the same time the daughter could've been leading him on as well. He probably didn't even know she was under age so at the same time depending on all that actually went on kudos to the mom for protecting her daughter (:
AdeleOldham AdeleOldham 3 years
Agreed, MirandaRiddle47255. For those of us with aids - or those whose hearing is too far gone for aids - it would be nice to actually have some text to read with the video!
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