May 20, 2018
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AG: Pa. man’s Facebook ‘surfer’ page lured teens

By JOE MANDAK, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — A married father used phony Facebook profiles to pose as two different Florida surfers to solicit sexually graphic messages and photos from seven teenage girls in western Pennsylvania, and two of the girls eventually agreed to meet for sex with the surfers’ middle-aged “friend” — yet another fake persona he used, the state attorney general said Friday.

William R. Ainsworth, 53, of Mars, was charged Thursday with 68 counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and multiple counts of charges that include attempted unlawful contact with a minor, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a computer.

Ainsworth is already in jail in Butler County, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, after he was arrested on similar charges in September, when authorities say he traveled to the home of a 14-year-old girl for sex.

“We quickly discovered that there was much more to this case than the sexual solicitation of one girl,” Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a state before a news conference Friday. “What we found was an intricate web of false Facebook identities that were used to establish online relationships with vulnerable girls, who were then manipulated into sending nude photos to Ainsworth.”

Authorities said the psychological manipulation included messages indicating that the first surfer was killed, so the girls would be more sympathetic and likely to comply with requests from the second “surfer,” who typically introduced the girls to a friend named “Glenn Keefer.” “Keefer” was essentially Ainsworth’s alter-ego, a 50-something man from Pennsylvania who would offer the girls money for pictures or sex so they could run away to join the surfers, investigators said.

The phony Facebook pages have been taken down, and the girls are not identified in the 68-page criminal complaint. The alleged victims were 13 to 15 years old, although one girl was 12 when the computer contacts began, Kelly said.

“Given the nature and extent of the psychological manipulation, we’re being extremely careful not to re-victimize these girls,” said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for Kelly. He confirmed that Ainsworth is married with children, but would not provide other details.

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