Girl, 13, helped cops nab online predator who wanted to fly her to his home in Louisiana, 900 miles away
The teen helped law enforcement catch William Kramer, 49, of Bossier City, Louisiana, who had wanted to take the girl to his home
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: A 13-year-old girl in Wisconsin helped the police catch an accused online predator who was chatting with her and several other children, Fox 6 Now reported. The teen, who remains anonymous, helped law enforcement catch William Kramer, 49, of Bossier City, Louisiana who had wanted to take the girl to his home, 900 miles away. At the time the girl was 12 years old.
"I couldn't necessarily fully comprehend what I was doing," said teen, talking to the outlet along with her mother. The teen said that Kramer knew she was a minor and would ask her for sexually explicit photos and sexual favors when they chatted on video around April 2019. "He would tell me that I'm pretty, that he loved me, that he cared, that he would accept me no matter what," she said.
The mother found out about these conversations in May. "She did not have a loving father figure in her life," said the victim's mother, "I believe she was looking for the support of an older male." At the time, Kramer was also trying to get the teen to meet him.
"He started talking to her about coming down there, finding a way to come down there, or that he would even come up here to get her," said the victim's mother, who went on to talk to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department about what was happening. They contacted the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Homeland Security.
The police also found evidence of Kramer talking to other children online in the same way during a search of his home and he was charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor and seven counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, according to People.
He pled guilty and will be sentenced in January 21. "If you end up doing something wrong, do tell your parents or somebody you trust. There are dangers out there, and we all need to acknowledge it, whether we're parents or not," said the teen.