Sexual predator tried to lure girl on Facebook, mother says
St. John's woman worried police haven't done enough to investigate
A woman in St. John's says she believes a sexual predator has tried to lure her daughter on Facebook, and police haven't done enough to investigate the situation.
Jennifer Walsh said her 14-year-old daughter was having sexual conversations on Facebook with an account under the name of Darren Murphy.
The profile claims to be a 17-year-old boy, but Walsh said after some investigating, she believes the account uses false information and a fake picture, and is actually an older man.
"I came across this conversation and my stomach just dropped. I couldn't believe it, what kind of stuff he was saying to her," said Walsh.She said when her daughter became secretive and protective over her cellphone, Walsh decided to check her Facebook account, and was shocked at what she found.
Walsh said the nature of the conversations between her daughter and Facebook user Murphy quickly turned to sexual topics after initial contact.
"First he started with a casual conversation. It was like, 'Where are you from, how old are you, what school you went to,'" she said.
"He asked if she seen a penis before and she said, 'Well, yeah, when I change my brother's diaper.' I mean, she don't know the difference, she's only 14. And then he said, well, if they can meet in public, she can see his."
RNC 'blew off' initial concerns
Walsh said her daughter thought there was a real romance blooming, and even told Murphy what school she went to and the neighbourhood where her family lives.
She went to the police about the situation, but Walsh said there wasn't much the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary could do at the time.
A 50-year-old man can make a Facebook profile, say all this stuff to our young kids, and as long as he doesn't meet them in person nothing can be done- Jennifer Walsh
"I went to the RNC. At first they blew me off. I couldn't believe that they blew me off. They said, 'Well, you have no proof he states he's seventeen. How do you know he isn't seventeen?'" said Walsh.
After some digging on her own, Walsh found Murphy's profile picture on other websites and found out his Facebook profile was opened only months ago.
Police later opened an investigation into Walsh's complaints.
"They can't get a warrant based on a conversation. A 50-year-old man can make a Facebook profile, say all this stuff to our young kids, and as long as he doesn't meet them in person nothing can be done. The sad thing is, it's our job as parents to stop these people."
The RNC closed their investigation into the complaint on Monday, and said there isn't enough information to lay charges.
The Facebook account has since been shut down.