Woman accused of sexual conduct with minor

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:36 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A 23-year-old Glendale woman is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy.

Anna Areola-Hernandez is facing charges of sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, unlawful age misrepresentation, and an adult posing as a minor for a sexual conduct.

In February, the boy's mother alerted police about the relationship. She told investigators that Areola-Hernandez gave her son a sexually transmitted disease.

During a confrontation call set up by police, Areola-Hernandez told the victim's mother that she was pregnant with the victim's baby. Police have not said if Areola-Hernandez is actually pregnant.

When police took Areola-Hernandez into custody and questioned her she denied having a relationship with the boy but later admitted they had sex and she told him she was 15 years old.

According to police, Areola-Hernandez met the boy at Desert Sky Mall in Phoenix and later contacted him on Facebook.

Detectives with the Sex Crimes Unit at the Glendale Police Department learned that Areola-Hernandez used several social media and texting apps such as Facebook, Kik, Snapchat and Tango to contact other juveniles and fear that there may be additional victims.

Police said Areola-Hernandez often poses as a 15-year-old girl and uses the screen names "Tiny Hernandez" or "Ana Hernandez." Parents are encouraged to check their children’s social media accounts for contact with Areola-Hernandez.

Parents who think their child may have had inappropriate contact with Areola-Hernandez should contact the Glendale Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

According to a court document, Areola-Hernandez showed no remorse when talking to police about the allegations. Police say she admitted to preferring younger boys rather than men her own age but did not explain why.

She is being held without bail because police said she does not have many family ties in Arizona and she already has arrangements to travel to Mexico where her mother lives.

3TV visited the trailer park where Areola-Hernandez has been living with her sister, who did not want to comment.

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