Sep 24, 2009 11:52 AM by David Ortiviz

Mother uses fake profile to trap suspected predator

A mother in Fremont County is being credited with helping police nab a suspected child predator.

Canon City Police arrested Christopher Choate of Pueblo on Monday. He faces five felony charges including internet luring of a child. Choate allegedly tried to meet a 14-year-old girl he contacted on-line for sex. However, the girl didn't exist.

A Fremont County woman, who only wanted to be identified as Dawn created a fake Myspace profile to trap Choate. Dawn says Choate allegedly made sexual advances toward her 18-year old daughter online. She wanted to prove to her daughter Choate only wanted her for sex.

"(My daughter) had agreed to go out with this guy and I was terrified," said Dawn. "I was worried for her life," she added.

Dawn says Choate wanted to meet the 14-year old girl for sex. At that point, Dawn contacted Canon City Police who took over the investigation.

Police say parents should leave undercover work to trained professionals. However, officers say Dawn did the right thing by contacting police about a suspicious individual. "I'm glad that I've seen a parent that actually stepped up, was conscious of their child's safety and I believe did the right thing in contacting law enforcement and saying I think I've got an issue here and I'd like you to look at it," said Capt. Allen Cooper, with the Canon City Police Department.

Dawn says she hopes her daughter won't be so naïve when meeting strangers online. "I'm hoping this is a lesson well learned, that she now knows there are predators out there and a lot of them just want you for sex," said Dawn.


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