Then, about a month ago, the St. Petersburg woman spotted her daughter’s cell phone, lit up in her daughter’s darkened bedroom about 11:30 p.m. on a school night.
The mother, 47, then discovered something else: Her daughter was communicating with a 23-year-old man. By then, Michael Bradley and her daughter already were Facebook friends.
The mother called Bradley, of 3876 38th Ave. S., Unit F, in St. Petersburg.
“Do you know she’s 11 years old?” she asked him. “If you keep calling my daughter, if you keep texting my daughter, I’m going to call the police and have you arrested.”
Bradley didn’t stop, though, according to police.
So the mother pretended to be her daughter. She played dumb in text messages, saying she was turning 12. When she was pressed to send provocative photographs of herself, she went to the Sunday newspaper, cut out a Target advertisement featuring a young girl in a bra, lopped off the head and sent along the rest of the picture.
The charade worked.
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