By Victor Skinner
HARLINGEN, Texas – A Texas mother recently took matters into her own hands when a man claiming to be a 20-year-old student tried to contact her 12-year-old daughter on Facebook.
The woman posed as her daughter on the social media site and gave him multiple chances to end the conversation, but ultimately agreed to meet the man when he persisted in his advances. The mother contacted police, and dressed as her daughter to meet the suspected child predator at a local Wal-Mart, CNN reports.
When police busted Alfredo Hernandez, 29, they learned he was a middle school music teacher from San Benito.
“He could have withdrawn from the situation many times,” the mother told CNN. “I gave him many chances to withdraw or to let him know that I was 12 and that my mom was asleep and basically that he knew it was wrong.”
“He was being very explicit about what he wanted done, which are (expletive) and the positions, and things that a 12-year-old has no knowledge of,” the woman said. “After he asked me to sneak out, thinking that I was my daughter, that’s when I said, ‘I’m going to call the police and let them know.’”
Thankfully, Hernandez’ employer told CNN he no longer works for the school district.
News reports did not disclose whether Hernandez had a history of similar behavior or any previous complaints as a school employee. Hopefully, this is the first time he’s acted on his impulses.
Officials and students at Hernandez’ school owe the gutsy mother a debt of gratitude for helping remove a child predator before something terrible happened at school, where he could use his union’s legal support and protections to try and wiggle free from his misdeeds.