Woman accused of posing as teen, having sex with boy pleads not guilty

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A 23-year-old Glendale woman accused of posing as a teen online and having sex with a 13-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Monday morning.

Anna Areola-Hernandez is charged with unlawful age misrepresentation and four counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

In February, the boy's mother notified police about the relationship. She told investigators that Areola-Hernandez gave her son a sexually transmitted disease and claimed to be pregnant with the victim's baby.

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

Police said Areola-Hernandez often posed as a 15-year-old online and used several social media and texting apps to contact minors.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 22.