Feds Indict Mass. Woman Accused in W.Va. Sex Case

A Massachusetts woman accused of posing as a boy and crossing state lines to prey on a West Virginia girl has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that 25-year-old Carissa Hads of Quincy is charged with one count of traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

Investigators say Hads pretended to be a 17-year-old boy and began an online relationship with the victim in 2010.

The indictment says Hads visited the teen at least three times and had a sexual encounter with her in Lewis County in February. Investigators say her disguise included a back brace to cover her chest.

Hads was arrested May 25 at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.

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