A married Elmwood Park NJ man is being held on $100,000 bail after being charged with what would be a nightmare for most parents.
49 year old Enrique Trujillo created a fake social media profile and posed as a teenage boy in order to earn the trust of a local 14 year old girl. After earning her trust, he convinced her to carry on explicit conversations and talked her into engaging in sexual acts.
There is no mention yet from the police regarding which social media network was used (it was probably Facebook), or whether the conversations were online or on the phone or if video sessions occurred. Trujillo is being held in the Bergen County Jail.
This can serve as a reminder to parents of all teens and pre teens:
- Your child might be on social media, even if you don’t know about it
- If privacy settings are managed properly, strangers will not be able to contact you
- In any case, encourage kids not to talk to strangers, as everyone online may not be who they seem
- No matter how mature they may seem, you teen can be more trusting or impulsive than you would think
By knowing what your kids are doing online, you can take the proper steps to ensure that they stay safe.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring teen internet activity.