Anna Areola-Hernandez, 24, has been sentenced to ten years in prison and lifetime probation for seducing teenage boys by pretending to be a 15 year-old girl online.
Glendale, Arizona police arrested her last year after acting on a tip from the mother of a 13 year-old boy who accused Areola-Hernandez of seducing her son. She was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, unlawful age misrepresentation and adult posing as a minor for a sexual conduct act. Initially, Areola-Hernandez denied any wrongdoing, but she eventually admitted that they had sex.
Prosecutors claim Areola-Hernandez used social media sites like Facebook and texting apps including Kik, Snapchat and Tango to lure in many underage boys for sex. One teenage boy contracted chlamydia from Areola-Hernandez, who called herself “Tiny Hernandez” and “Ana Hernandez” online.
During her sentencing on Wednesday, a victim’s mother launched into an emotional rant as she confronted her for manipulating, stalking, and molesting her son.
“She should not be let out, ever,” the mother told the court, according to Daily Mail. She added that Areola-Hernandez often plied the boys with drugs and alcohol.
After hearing the tirade, Areola-Hernandez broke down. The mother, however, didn’t stop there and had to be forcibly removed from the courtroom as she shouted expletives.
“You’re a child molester, Anna,” the woman screamed at the defendant. “F**** you too.”
Areola-Hernandez’s legal team argued that she has a low IQ and a history of trauma. They also said she suffered from an untreated mental illness, and that a decade of prison time would only prevent her from getting the help she needs.
At sentencing, Areola-Hernandez’s lawyer read a letter from her in which she apologized to the court and her family, and promised to get counseling while in jail.
Areola-Hernandez expressed no remorse to police, however, and admitted to liking younger boys rather than men. She could not explain why. After her prison term is up, she will have to register as a sex offender for life.