A female sex predator, who targeted teenage school boys through social media is on the run from police.
Thirty-one-year-old, Natalie Burgess is on the run from Counties Manukau Police after she breached her parole conditions. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Natalie after she disappeared. Authorities want information of her whereabouts from anyone who knows where she is, reported Newstalk ZB.
The Auckland sex predator was arrested after it was found that she created a fake Facebook page posing as an attractive teenager to lure school boys. She had communicated with these boys requesting access to their social media and bank accounts. However, in reality, she is in her late twenties and looks nothing like the girl she pretended to be, as stated by stuff.co.nz.
Between 2008 and 2011 the Auckland woman created several fake personas by taking photos and gathering details from several girls’ Facebook accounts.
In 2011, Burgess lured a 13-year-old boy telling him that she was only a few years older than him. She enticed him into doing phone sex with her as well as other teenage boys whom she tricked into having an online relationship with her. Several other boys from Christchurch school admitted that they were trapped and tricked by her Facebook honey trap.
Police reported that “She stated she couldn’t remember certain parts of her life due to her being a heavy drug user but made partial admissions to the facts outlined.”
Parents of these boys talked about the dreadful effects on their sons who were victims of Natalie’s honey trafficking. One mother also admitted that Burgess was partly responsible for her son’s suicide in October 2010.
Burgess was charged with two counts of obtaining by deception and one of interfering with computer system following a lengthy police investigation, reported stuff.co.nz.
During the early investigation, St. Thomas Canterbury College principal Christine O’Brain said Burgess is “very skilled at collecting all sort of information about the students and the family.”
He added, “it begins as friendship, then a perceived sexual or romantic relationship and then a fantastic story is created that the family believes as real. It is very difficult for the students and their family to extricate themselves out of the relationship. It is psychologically manipulating.”
Seeing the surge in crime using social media, recently, The Crown Prosecution service decided to engage experts from Twitter to help them handle internet crimes.