A man pretending to be a teen girl on social media was arrested Monday and faces a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Kenneth Hall, 27, is suspected of posing as a teen girl named “Maya” on social media sites, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
His activities were brought to the attention of sheriff’s investigators last Sunday after a 16-year-old Sierra Vista girl said she had sex with him, Capas said.
Hall is suspected of befriending the girl on social media and engaging in text-message conversations for about a month while posing as “Maya,” Capas said.
After about a month, Hall, posing as “Maya,” texted the teen and “indicated that in order to have a continued relationship and actually meet,” the girl would have to meet with a male friend of hers and have a sexual encounter to prove her affections, Capas said.
The teen met Hall, who drove her to a secluded area where they had sex.
As the two were coming back into town, the girl sent a text message to “Maya” when Hall’s cellphone rang. The girl became suspicious, and ultimately Hall confessed that he was pretending to be “Maya” the entire time, Capas said.
The teen reported this incident to family members, who contacted law enforcement.
As of Friday, Hall remained in the Cochise County jail on a $150,000 bond.
Anyone who had a similar encounter is asked to call the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at 1-520-432-9500.