Parents Set Up Facebook Sting to Catch Daughter’s Boyfriend

While many parents do monitor their children’s Internet activity, one Washington couple took it a step further when they discovered their daughter was dating a Level 1 registered sex offender.

Taking matters into their own hands, the Washington couple created a pretend 15-year-old girl on Facebook, giving her the moniker of “Ashley,” and rounding out her profile with pictures and friends. A mutual teenage friend of William Elms, the sex offender in question, provided the way in they needed. After staging a fight with the mutual friend, “Ashley” confided in Elms.

The two then became Facebook friends, beginning to converse through the social media platform. Within a day, the conversations turned “dirty, violent, and nasty,” the mother told police. Elms began to forward the 15-year-old “Ashley” photos of his genitalia, and attempted to convince her to sneak out of her house to go camping with him, discussing sexual activity as well. He also told her to lie about her age, claiming she was 16, if anyone asked how old she was.

Elms was later arrested, and faces charges of Immoral Conduct with a Minor.

What do you all make of this story? Should more parents be vigilant like this couple? Or should they have involved the police in their matter? Are there simpler ways to stop your child from dating someone?

Posted by Tyler Thurston on Nov 28, 2012

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