Sedro-Wooley, Washington, parents pulled off an elaborate sting to prove to their daughter that her registered sex offender boyfriend, Liam Elms, was bad news.
Jesper and Julie Myrfors said that when their 16-year-old daughter first introduced them to Elms he seemed charming. Then, they found out that he was a registered sex offender and tried, unsuccessfully, to get their daughter to break up with him.
Without any contact with or guidance from the police, the parents set up a fake Facebook account. They pretended to be a 15-year-old girl named “Ashley” – with fake pictures and even some Facebook friends to make her profile appear legitimate.
“When we did this, we had rules,” Mr Myrfors told 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.”
The parents fabricated a fight between their daughter and “Ashley” as a way to begin communication with Elms. Within a day of “Ashley” confiding in Elms about their fight he was sending her sexually explicit photos of himself, including two of his genitallia, from the phone number that police have registered as his. According to the parents, the conversation between the two had turned, “dirty, violent and nasty.”
Elms allegedly tried to convince “Ashley” sneak out of her house to go camping with him, and to tell anyone that asked that she was 16-years-old. He allegedly discussed his interest in sexual activity with her as well.
“My daughter didn’t know we had done this,” Mrs. Myrfors said. “I invited her on to begin watching live. She started watching conversations. The hardest part as a parent was watching her heart break.”
Myrfors contacted the police and Elms was arrested on August 18 after being released from the Snohomish County Jail in Everett. He had been serving time for a probation violation.
According to the Skagit Valley Herald, Elms willl be arraigned on September 6th in Skagit County Superior Court on two counts of immoral communication with a minor and is currently being held on $25,000 bail.
Elms has been under state supervision for his prior third-degree child molestation conviction and is a registered level 1 sex offender, which indicates low risk of a repeated offense.
“When there’s a question, follow it. Find the answer for your kids,” Julie Myrfors told King 5.