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Internet predator poses as teen girl on Facebook, lures Hudson students

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An internet predator has created a wake-up call for area elementary students and their parents.

Hudson Police said a 19-year-old man was posing as a 13-year-old girl on Facebook and tried to lure other girls into having phone sex and a sleep over.

Hudson school officials said four elementary girls reported the suspicious activity to their school's counselor.

Now the school district is urging parents to monitor their children's social media activity closely, though the district said none of the communication with the online predator took place on school grounds.

"When you ask the kids why, you literally get a shoulder shrug," said Dave Lipinski with the Hudson Community School District. "They're into attention. They're into immediacy, and 11- and 12-year-olds are not into thinking about what they were taught by the school and parents when it comes to the Internet."

The Hudson School District said it does not allow students to access social media sites at school, but admits the system isn't foolproof.

"The bottom line is these kids are not old enough to prevent themselves from being manipulated by an adult, and so our advice to all parents is, regardless of the maturity level, don't allow your kid to have a Facebook unless they're 13," Lipinski said. "And at that age, you still should have a password and be checking it frequently."

Hudson Police said the 19-year-old man has not been arrested, but that he is cooperating with authorities and his electronics have been confiscated for a forensic examination.

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