Seattle couple uses fake Facebook account to catch child rapist
POSTED: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 11:04am
SEATTLE — A Snohomish couple used a fake Facebook account to stop a convicted child rapist from dating their daughter, and help turn him over to police.
Jesper and Julie Myrfors, the parents of two teenage daughters, turned over sexually explicit pictures and transcripts Liam Elms, a convicted child rapist, wrote to a fake Facebook account the parents built. Sedro-Woolley police arrested Elms for felony immoral communications with a minor.
The couple set up the fake account when their daughter's friend informed the Myrfors that their child was dating a man who had a criminal past.
"He had a friend of my daughters and she had skyped me to say 'why is he talking to me,'" Julie Myrfors said.
The couple created a fake Facebook account claiming to be a 15-year-old girl. They then tried to friend Elms. It wasn't long before he was sending sexually explicit pictures to the fake account.
"Right away Liam friends the friend and within 24 hours is sending explicit sexual material to her," Jesper Myrfors said.
Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said Elms crossed a legal line when he sent explicit photos, even to a fake account.
"It's illegal for anyone who believes they're communicating with a minor in their mind for immoral purposes," Wood said.
Court documents show Elms admitted to sending the photos of himself to a girl he thought was only 15-years-old.
The Myrfors encouraged other parents who suspected something suspicious in their childs' lives to investigate.
"We live in a day and age where it's pretty easy to open doors and do what we did," Julie Myrfors said. Just don't let it go. If you think something's wrong, it probably is."