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My son met someone through an online dating service who it turns out is NOT 18. Her dad is forcing him to pay for therapy and he won't go to the police. What do you think.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? It matters because laws vary by location.

He's in Ohio; she's in Kentucky

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have been taken so far?

Nothing yet. He's asking me for money to pay this.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Can he go to jail if the dad decides to press charges? She misrepresented herself on the website.

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Did your son ever speak to the girl, or meet her personally, or was all communication via text or email?

Has he sent money yet?

Did she tell him she was over 18?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It was all via text messaging. I don't know details. I don't want to know.
No money has been sent. He wants $1,100 to pay her phone bills and now $1,300 for therapy.
She was on the dating website where you have to be 28.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I meant 18

Thank you for the additional information.

This is positively a scam.

This is a very common scam we are seeing with increasing frequency lately. In actuality, there is no underage girl and your son was likely communicating with the "father" the whole time. The whole purpose was to get him to text something inappropriate or send nude pics so that the blackmail could occur.

Tell him to not respond. Stop all communication. Nothing will happen. There is no girl and this person is a criminal trying to steal his money. They will not go to the police because they do not want any attention from law enforcement.

They are the criminals and do not want any scrutiny from law enforcement.

Additionally, if your son reasonably believed the girl to be over 18, and never had sexual contact, he broke no law.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Sorry, I was busy with a client. I feel much better about this. Thank you!!!

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