Sex Offender Held in UK Facebook Murder
32-year-old posed as teenager, led police to body
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 4:30 AM CDT
A British man confessed to killing a 17-year-old girl he met on Facebook.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

(Newser) – British police are holding a convicted sex offender after he confessed to murdering a 17-year-old girl he met on Facebook, posing as a fellow teenager. The 32-year-old blurted out "I've killed a girl" after being picked up for a car insurance violation. He then led police to a field where they found her body. He allegedly used gaffer's tape to gag her, and he dumped her body in the field after she "accidentally" suffocated. There was no indication of sexual assault.

"No one can imagine the hurt and devastation that has hit our family," said the victim's mother. "Tell your kids to be careful on the Internet. Don't trust anybody and don't put your children on Facebook or other sites if they are under age. We have learned a terrible lesson. We don't want any other child to be a victim."