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Parents Use Facebook to Expose Daughter's Boyfriend as Sex-Offender

When the parents of a 16 year-old girl discovered that her boyfriend was a convicted sex offender, she refused to break up with him, and only did so after they lured him onto a phony Facebook page where he began to send sexually explicit messages.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Jesper and Julie Myrfors of Sedro-Wooley, Washington were very impressed at first with their daughter's boyfriend, 19 year-old William "Liam" Elms. However, that first impression vanished  when a friend told them the man was a registered sex offender. When they heard this, they immediately tried to convince their daughter to break up with him, but to

no avail.
Finally, the parents decided to set up a fake Facebook page where they pretended to be a 15 year-old girl named "Ashley."

"When we did this, we had rules,' Mr. Myrfors told the local news station King5. "We were not trying to entrap him. We were setting him up a situation where, if he was a bad guy, he could act on it."

In order to get a conversation going between "Ashley" and Elms, they invented a fight between the fake girl and their daughter, then confided in Elms about the situation.

Within 24 hours, the conversation between Elms and "Ashley" turned "dirty, violent, and nasty," police records show, and included sexually explicit photos of himself.

"My daughter didn't know we had done this," Mrs. Myrfors said. "I invited her on to begin watching live. She started watching conversations on our fake little person. The hardest part as a parent was watching her heart break."

The relationship ended, but the parents weren't finished yet.

"If we were just to say, well, our daughter's off the hook. We would be bad citizens,” Mr. Myrfors said.

They reported Elms to the police who arrested him at the Snohomish County Jail where he was serving time for a probation violation. He is now facing charges of immoral conduct with a minor and is being held on $25,000 bail. Elms remains under state supervision for a prior third-degree child molestation conviction and is a registered level 1 sex offender, which means he is considered to be at low risk of a repeat offense.

Mrs. Myrfors says parents should not be afraid to act when they suspect something might be wrong with a child's dating preferences.

"When there's a question, follow it," Mrs. Myrfors said. "Find the answer for your kids."

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