A Wesley Chapel mom is warning fellow parents to monitor their kids social media after she caught a stranger sending sexually-charged Facebook messages to her 10-year-old daughter.
It was an unsettling start to Michele Bella’s morning, finding racy messages from a stranger on her daughter’s Facebook Messenger app.
“Hello, how are you, you look so cute little princess, my name is Francisco,” Bella read, scrolling back through the messages Friday afternoon. “It was very apparent this person was sexting my 10 year old daughter.”
Angry and confused, Bella confiscated the phone and replied to the stranger trying to figure out who he was. He claimed to be an 18-year-old in Germany.
Bella said the messages became very graphic, including nude photos and videos from the stranger. Luckily, she was able to intercept the graphic images before her daughter could see them.
Bella then reported the exchange to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, who tells News Channel 8 it is investigating further to determine if, and what, crime was committed.
The worried mom fears the man may not be as far away as he claims.
“Is this person trying to get my daughter?” Bella asked. “Is she in danger?”
Facebook’s terms of service requires users be at least 13 years old. Bella insists her daughter’s account was solely for keeping in touch with long-distance family, and that she was always supervised while using it.
This is a warning, she says, for other parents to keep tabs on their kids’ social media.
“Don’t think it’s okay, don’t think nothing will happen,” she warned. “Because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
In the meantime, Bella says she’ll be deleting her daughter’s Facebook account. She hopes the creep gets the message.
“Leave my daughter alone,” she said. “She’s ten.”