SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — The alleged abduction and sexual molestation of a 13-year-old San Leandro girl by a 40-year-old man who posed as a 14-year-old boy on a social media site is a disturbing story that should make parents more aware of the Internet’s hazards, police said.
San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said, “Teenagers are in [their] own world that their parents don’t understand so parents need to talk with their children about the dangers of social media.”
McManus said Ian Teager of Patterson in Stanlislaus County befriended the 13-year-old girl over a period of several weeks in a chat room on the Kik messaging app, which he said is similar to Instagram and other social media sites and is used by many teenagers.
McManus alleged that Teager, a computer consultant who’s married, arranged to meet the girl at 8 a.m. about two weeks ago at a location between her home and the junior high school she attends.
McManus said Teager was able to lure the girl into his car and drove her to the Quality Inn at 8471 Enterprise Way in Oakland, near the Oakland airport.
“Things went bad very quickly” and Teager allegedly sexually assaulted the girl at the motel, he said.
Teager then dropped the girl off near her school, according to a probable cause statement written by San Leandro police Officer Thomas Rogers.
McManus said that when police first talked to the girl she lied and claimed she’d been kidnapped but later admitted that she’d met him through the Internet.
Teager was arrested at his home in Patterson late at night on the day of the alleged sexual assault, McManus said.
Police recovered computers and cellphones as evidence and believe that Teager has also victimized other teen girls in the Bay Area and the Central Valley, he said.
Police don’t yet know how many other victims there might be but there’s strong evidence that Teager was involved with a girl in Stockton in July, McManus said.
Authorities hope that publicizing Teager’s arrest will bring other victims forward, he said.
Rogers said in his probable cause statement that after Teager was arrested he admitted that he knew the girl was under age and that he was “sexually aroused by 13- to 14-year-old girls.”
Teague also said, “He gets excited to know he may be taking their virginity away and also the excitement of it being forbidden,” Rogers wrote.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged Teager with two counts of oral copulation of a person under 14 and one count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object and performing a lewd act upon a child.
Teager was previously arraigned on those charges and is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward at 9 a.m. on Friday to be assigned an attorney and possibly enter a plea.
McManus said parents who want to know more about the dangers the Internet can pose for children should visit http://www.aliciaproject.org.
He said the website discusses “Alicia’s Law,” which he said has been passed in several states and funds task forces designed to prevent child exploitation and Internet crimes involving children.
McManus said the website was established by a woman who was abducted and assaulted in a manner similar to the way that the 13-year-old San Leandro girl was victimized.
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