Reporting Suzanne Le Mignot
WHEATON, Ill. (CBS) –Police say he gained their trust on Facebook and then did something very terrible.
He posed as “Mike Evans,” and got young girls to send lewd photos of themselves.
Eric Thor Hakala, a convicted sex offender, is being held on $1 million bond.
Police say he posed as a high school student from St. Charles. What he didn’t know was at times, he was talking with detectives.
The 37-year-old from Naperville, using the alias Mike Evans, was posing as a 15-year-old boy on Facebook.
“He was, started communicating with young girls, posing as a young boy himself to gain their trust. He would have conversations with them, leading to a sexual nature and encourage picture exchanges,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso.
Hakala is a previously convicted child sex offender. The Naperville Police High-Technology Crimes Unit, headed a seven-month investigation involving Hakala, leading to his arrest. So far, police have located victims in Oswego, Batavia and St. Charles.
“I teach parents how to watch cell phones and computers,” said Detective Rich Wistocki.
Detective Wistocki says mymobilewatchdog.com can tell a parent where their child is and it also can tell a parent what websites a child is visiting, who they’re texting and even more.
He says that it can give parents a PDF of every conversation they have, including any pictures they send.
Naperville police say if you see this photo with the name Mike Evans among your child’s Facebook friends, they want you to call them. A tip from a victim is what prompted this investigation.
They believe, more victims are out there.