A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty Wednesday before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull in the U.S. District Court of Clarksburg, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.
Carissa Hads, 25 of Quincy, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct on February 23, 2012, when Hads traveled from Massachusetts to North Central W.Va. to have sex with a minor, according to the news release.
According to court documents, Hads posed as an 18-year-old man on a social media website and also took steps to change her appearance in order to deceive the victim as to her true identity.
Hads and the alleged victim met online in 2010 and the two communicated for over a year before the first in-person meeting took place. Officials said Hads traveled at least three times from Massachusetts to visit the alleged victim.
On one of her visits to the area, Hads was arrested at the Pittsburgh International Airport by FBI agents on May 25, 2012, according to the news release.
Hads has agreed to forfeit the computer and electronic equipment seized from her and her residence as part of her plea, officials said.
Hads is in custody pending sentencing and faces up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office and investigated by the W.Va. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.