A mother from Preston, northwestern England might have stumbled upon a pedophile pestering hundreds of young girls online while casually checking her daughter’s Facebook account. When Kelly Carberry, 34, took a glance at her daughter, Chloe-Marie’s messages, she was shocked to find an older man was sending increasingly suspicious texts.
The thing that had already appeared on the screen said: “Do you promise to keep your mouth closed about what is said on here, staying in here only and you cannot tell anyone else, OK?”
Instantly suspicious, the mom started pretending to be Chloe-Marie and wrote what she believed a 13-year-old would reply in order to find out what’s really going on.
“I couldn’t believe it. This morning I thought I’d check her Facebook profile and four messages appeared from this weird person,” Kelly said.
“I just started replying to him, pretending to be her. He said: ‘Are you on your own?’ and ‘Go in the room and shut your door’. After a bit, I just told him I was her mom and said, ‘What are you doing?'”
Quickly realizing what’s happening, Kelly started doing some detective work of her own and believes to have discovered her daughter was far from the only one being used by the alleged pedophile.
“He’s deleted two of his accounts but I think he had at least three originally. I want to warn other children and their parents about this man,” the mom says.
She shared the messages on Facebook in order to warn possible victims, and it wasn’t long before other parents got in touch and said they had found similar messages sent to their children from the same account.
Kelly said: “After I posted the warning, other mothers have got in contact with the messages he has sent their daughters.
“I’m going to have to keep everything checked on social media from now on. It’s just what I have got to do as a parent to make sure they’re safe, but it’s a difficult thing when she’s 13.”
Kelly believes the man has been incredibly prolific in his twisted online endeavors.
“With the comments I’ve received since posting online, I’d say he could have been talking to at least 100 children.”
Some of the messages sent to other young girls have a twist of sadomasochistic sexual games, a number of which included the man demanding to be called ‘master’ and asking: “Who is a bad girl?”
A spokesperson for the Lancashire Police said: “We can confirm that a report has been made and we are investigating it.”