Mom Catches Creepy Facebook Pedophile By Pretending to Be Her 11-Year-Old Daughter

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computer crimeIf you have a child who has been begging to get a Facebook page, have you checked to see if they've done it already? A mom who forbade her 11-year-old daughter from signing up for the site just went through one heck of an ordeal because the girl did it anyway ... and ended up in the crosshairs of a 23-year-old sex offender! Thank goodness the little girl has a mom who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when her child's safety is on the line.

According to cops in St. Petersburg, Florida, the mom (whose name has been withheld to protect her child) found out about the pervert sniffing around her daughter online and decided to make sure he couldn't hurt her kid or anyone else's. She set up a trap that included using a photo taken from a Target ad of a model in a bra and pretending to be her daughter.

It worked -- the sex offender sent photos of his erect penis to the mom, thinking she was an 11-year-old girl.

Now cops have arrested a man named Michael Bradley who they say was the adult acting inappropriately with a minor online. He's been charged with eight counts of displaying obscene images to a minor and eight counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Go Mom!

Good for her for having the chutzpah to do something about this creep ... AND good for her for checking up on her kid. 

I'm not one of those "go, read your kid's diary" kind of moms. Kids are empowered by trust to be better people.

But -- and this is a BIG but -- trust is earned. If you think your kid might be lying to you about something, be it a Facebook page or brushing their teeth, it's worth following up to see what's really going on. Sometimes you'll be happy to find out they've listened. Other times you'll be stuck cleaning up their messes because that's part of what parents do.

If this mom hadn't followed up, who knows what could have happened to this kid. A 23-year-old man going after an 11-year-old girl is obviously up to no good. Would this burgeoning relationship have stopped at just some explicit photos?

Do you check up on your kids to make sure they're following your rules even after you've said no?

 

Image via GoodNCrazy/Flickr

behavior, internet, safety

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LostS... LostSoul88

Way to go! We need more parents like her. 

Rhianna Merideth

I always check my daughters phone messages videos photos apps I even have a thing on it that sends my phone messages when she unlocks the family lock during school hours and about messages sent and received. It has a driving lock on it and I see EVERYTHING and she knows it!

Ourjo... Ourjobasparents

In this house I am MacGyver and Sherlock Holmes and darn proud of it. God knows what would go wrong if I wasn't.confused

nonmember avatar MotherOf3

IM ALWAYS MAKING SURE MY CHILDERN ARE SAFE.I WOULD NEVER ALLOW MY GIRLS TO HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE OR WHATEVERR UNTILL THEY WERE ATLEAST 16-17 YRS OF AGE NEVER ALLOW A BABY TO HAVE ONE YES I THINK A 11YR OLD IS STILL A BABY ITS WHY U HEAR ABOUT CRAZI THINGS HAPPENING TO KIDS UNDER 14.

Mina Kaliakouda

to protect my child I ll go to Hell....I trust my kids, but if I sniff something smelly, believe me, I am Hedis in action!!!

nonmember avatar mary

i check on my girls alot, my 14 yr old tries hiding stuff from me and it doesnt work well for her, i will do what ever it takes to make sure my kids are safe!!

Matty Jay

Amazing though? Bitches do this all the time be it pretending to be their kid or their bf. Amazing means it will leave me in amazement or generally amaze me. It's a good thing she checked it but quit ruining the english language with hyperbole lmao. And quit being overly sensitive by replying to comments like these that I am a moron or any other word like it. I get the point, I am just correcting the fact that this isn't "amazing" at all. 

E'Lisa Gutierrez

I sure do.. I have an 11 year old, and I go through her phone at any given time. She's been told since she was old enough to understand, that trust is earned.

Denise Wolf

My 6 yr old gd was writing in her little tablet and kept telling me it was private and NO BODY was to read it.  Well, although she didn't want me to look, I did.  And I found out her moms boyfriend was molesting her.  There was no doubt from what a six yr old wrote and drew.  I have never had a problem with checking on things my kids tell me not to look at.

tgerl... tgerlover

Took My Daughters Access From The Internet Away Because When I Was Checking Up On Her I Found 2 Grown Men That Had Been Trying To Get Her To Meet Them. Luckily She Did Not Respond To Then But Wish She Had Brought Out To My Attention Right Away Instead Of Letting Me Find It On My Own She She Is Also

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