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UPDATE: North Idaho Family Discovers How Real Online Predators Can Be

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Many parents of teenagers fear that their child might become a victim of an online predator. One Idaho family discovered that fear can sometimes become a reality.

Hannah Masters, the creator of the website www.abeanstalk.com was looking through her email when she discovered a Real Time Notification in her inbox. When she viewed the email she saw that her 15-year-old son and his best friend were involved in a heated argument over a new girlfriend her son's best friend had recently had.

Hannah approached her son about this and he explained to her that the argument had spawned from her son telling his best friend he thought his friends' so called girlfriend was "fake" because the two had never met, instead they had exchanged sexually explicit messages with each other.

Hannah asked her son why he thought she was fake. Her son did a Google search of the name used by the alleged girlfriend which in turn pulled up pictures of a professional Canadian model named Kaitlin Chapple.

KHQ Local News contacted Chapple Wednesday who told us she has never spoken with the teen and assumes that he is being "catfished" by someone. Catfishing is where you use another persons identity in order to gain personal information about them.

Chapple said that she has had her image stolen before and it has been used on numerous dating sites. Masters feels that in the best case scenario, it's some teenage girl catfishing. But in the worst case it's what every parent fears, a sexual predator attempting to get sexual material from innocent and absent minded teens.

KHQ Local News Reporter Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with the North Idaho Sex Crimes Task Force Wednesday and they weren't revealing anything about this case, due to the fact that is a case about minors.

Chapple also released this statement Wednesday:

"When Hannah Masters brought the situation to my attention, I was quite upset that my photo was being used to mislead a teenager and potentially put him in danger. I've had my photos stolen before and used in odd places including fake online dating accounts, but I've never had anything like this happen and it is quite unsettling to say the least.  I do my best to make it clear that all of my photos are copyrighted and are not permitted to be taken from my website, online portfolio, or Facebook page. Unfortunately, nothing enforces these copyright guidelines and it's very easy for someone to take photos and use them however they like.


Let me say how grateful I am that Hannah became aware of this situation when she did, and was able to prevent it from escalating.  I think Hannah is doing an amazing thing by making it easier for parents to monitor their children's social lives online, and I hope that her app gets the recognition it deserves.  I am very passionate about standing up against bullying, and protecting today's youth, so this is a topic that is near to my heart.  I would absolutely love to do anything that I can to help the cause."

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