Woman Who Posed as Teen for Sex With Boy, 13, Sentenced to 10 Years
A Glendale woman who had sex with a 13-year-old boy after she pretended to be a teen online has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Anna Areola-Hernandez, now 24, used the handle "Tiny Hernandez" as she plied the Internet for young men to date.
She was arrested in March of 2014 on suspicion of numerous charges, including "unlawful age misrepresentation," and "adult posing as a minor for a sexual conduct act." Those charges were dropped after she pleaded guilty last month to three counts of child molestation related to her relationship with the boy.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville added lifetime probation with sex-offender status to the woman's sentence.
On her Facebook page, Areola-Hernandez wrote that she once attended Agua Fria High School in Phoenix and Millennium High School in Goodyear. Police found pictures on social media sites of the woman posing with old high-school IDs.
Her plans were exposed when the mother of the 13-year-old discovered he had picked up an STD from the woman — who was also reportedly pregnant with his baby. The kid's mom told police she believed Areola-Hernandez had victimized other young boys.
Cops asked Valley parents to review their children's social-media conversations for any signs of Areola-Hernandez. Apparently, no other molestation victims were found.
The boy told Glendale police during the investigation that he'd met the woman at Desert Sky Mall after chatting online. She'd told him she was 14. He gave police detailed descriptions of the acts he and the woman had performed during their short relationship. He couldn't remember all of their encounters, there had been so many.
Areola-Hernandez confessed to police she knew she'd had an STD and was later treated by a doctor for it. She also told cops she knew her baby was the boy's because she'd had sex with no one else at the time.
We didn't attend today's sentencing hearing, but we left messages with Areola-Hernandez's public attorney and court staff to ask what happened to the baby. We'll update this post when find out more.
UPDATE from Maricopa County Attorney spokesman Jerry Cobb: "During the investigation the defendant stated she was pregnant with the victim’s child, however there was never anything presented to support any part of that claim."
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