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Woman (24) who pretended to be teen to have sex with young boys is jailed

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
Jail: Areola-Hernandez was handed a 10-year sentence yesterday
Jail: Areola-Hernandez was handed a 10-year sentence yesterday

A woman in the United States has been sentenced to ten years in prison after she was found guilty of posing as a teen online in an attempt to engage in sex acts with underage boys.

Anna Areola-Hernandez (24) of Glendale, Arizona, will be required to register as a sex offender and will endure a lifetime of probation on release. 

The 24-year-old was arrested on in March of last year on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, unlawful age misrepresentation and adult posing as a minor for a sexual conduct act.

She pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation.

She was accused of luring young boys on the internet under the pretense she was a teenage girl, and also supplying the victims with alcohol and drugs before molesting them. 

During sentencing in court, one of the victim's parents became emotional and accused Areola-Hernandez of threatening, manipulating, stalking and eventually molesting her son, who was younger than 15 at the time of the crimes, USA today said. 

Prosecutors said her sex crimes caused the victim to contract chlamydia. 

"She should not be let out, ever," the mother said. "She bullied these kids. She would not let go."

The testimony caused Areola-Hernandez to burst into tears as her two sisters looked on in the downtown Phoenix courtroom, USA reported. 

"You're a child molester, Anna," the woman said as police escorted her out of the courtroom.

Areola-Hernandez often posed as a 15-year-old and used the screen names "Tiny Hernandez" or "Ana Hernandez," court records show.