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Young Girl Target of Internet Revenge
PIQUA -- A desperate plea from a Piqua mother.
Someone posted her 12-year-old daughters picture and cell phone number on an adult dating web site, and now she's getting vulgar text messages.
The fake profile was put up on Zoosk.Com.
It's since been taken down, but the girls mother says, the damage has already been done.
"You just don't know what to do because its scary," said the mother.
We aren't showing the mother's face or giving her name, to protect the identity of her daughter.
"It's still super scary you don't want to let her go outside you don't want to let her play until you can find out who this person is doing this and they can be stopped," she said.
It was a text message from an unknown number that tipped off the daughter who then told her mom something was wrong.
"Whoever this is just keeps telling people to call her or send her a picture of their privates is what they're saying," said the mother.
When one man messaged the young girl, she told him she didn't know who he was.
He replied, saying he saw her profile on Zoosk. She then told him she was only 12 and said goodbye.
"As far as they knew it was an adult," said Chief Bruce Jamison, Piqua Police Department.
Chief Jamison says this appears to be a case of cyber bullying, that's he's seeing more often.
"I can't call it unusual for people to find ways including kids to mess with each other and harass each other with pranks over the Internet," said Chief Jamison.
But the young girl's mom feels like this prank has gone too far.
"I feel like she's being penalized bc somebody else is being vindictive and just plain evil," said the mother.
Piqua Police have not yet figured out who set the fake profile up on the dating web site.
We asked if the men could be charged for contacting a minor, he said not in this case because they thought the girl was 18.
As for the person who set up the fake profile, they can be charged with telephone harassment.
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