Woman, 25, sentenced to 87 months in jail for posing as teen boy online so she could have sex with girl, 15, after using prosthetic penis and back brace to cover her breasts
By RACHEL QUIGLEY
A 25-year-old woman who posed as a teenage boy online so she could have sex with a 15-year-old has been sentenced to 87 months in prison and ordered to be supervised for life. Carissa Hads, from Massachusetts, plead guilty to the charge of traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct in October and was sentenced yesterday. Hads posed as an 18-year-old boy named James Puryear Wilson on MySpace and started a relationship with the teenage victim in 2010.
Authorities say the two communicated for more than a year before their first in-person meeting. She visited the victim at least three times and was finally arrested at the Pittsburgh International Airport by FBI agents on May 25, 2012, during one of her visits, officials said. According to a State Police investigator, Hads wore color contact lenses and a back brace to conceal her breasts, and that she visited the 15-year-old at least three times, including once at a Pittsburgh motel last December.
The victim also took naked photos of herself and texted them to Hads on a cell phone that the 25-year-old woman provided, authorities say. The criminal complaint states that Hads then flew to West Virginia in February, and had a sexual encounter with the girl at her Lewis County home, but did not undress. Another West Virginia teen became suspicious of Hads’ true identity, the State Police investigator said, and alerted authorities in March after Hads threatened her.
Under the plea agreement, she also agreed to surrender her computer and other electronic equipment seized from her home. Following Hads’s arrest, police said they seized an artificial flesh-colored penis from the front pocket of her pants that she apparently used during a sexual encounter with the teenage victim. Hads was apprehended after flying to meet the girl for a third rendezvous, the Smoking Gun has reported.
According to an affidavit sworn by an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigator, Hads was posing as an 18-year-old boy named James Puryear Wilson when she met the teen online in October of 2010. ‘Wilson’ maintained Facebook and MySpace pages that described him as a youth pastor living in Quincy, Massachusetts, which is Hads’ actual residence. On ‘his’ Facebook, ‘Wilson’ claimed to be the father of twin boys and noted that he was ‘looking for some people to talk to. No fake pages or pervs.’
It was later revealed that an image of the twins 'Wilson' had posted online came from an ad for a photography website. Hads, using her bogus male persona, had allegedly become involved in an Internet romance with a girl from West Virginia identified in the affidavit only as A.L. In the course of their relationship, authorities said Hads sent her teenage paramour two cell phones that she could use to contact her 'boyfriend.'
Along with paying the girl’s cell phone bills, Hads also sent her a Kindle Fire tablet, according to the affidavit. The teenager told investigators that she used the phones to take naked photos of herself, some of which focused on her genitals, and send them to 'Wilson.' The affidavit states that Hads and the girl would also write in journals and mail them back and forth so each could respond to the other’s writings.
‘Wilson’ told A.L. that he lived in Massachusetts with his aunt Melanie Lodi, adding that he had another aunt named Carissa Hads, an investigator reported. In December of 2011, after communicating for 14 months, ‘Wilson’ asked to meet the teenager in person. Their encounter was arranged by the girl’s mother, who accompanied her daughter and two other 15-year-old girls to meet ‘Wilson’ at a Pennsylvania motel.
According to the affidavit sworn by West Virginia State Trooper Robert Talkington, ‘Wilson’ stayed at the same motel but in a separate room paid for by the girl’s mother. Speaking to police in May, the girl recalled that her 'boyfriend,' who remained clothed, ‘pulled his penis through his unzipped pants’ during their sexual encounter. The girl has never seen 'Wilson' fully naked, she said.