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‘I received a message from a stranger. ‘I’m so glad I found you.’ I begged him to reveal himself. I agreed to meet him at the park, alone.’: Woman warns of online predators after childhood catfishing scare

“In a few weeks, we progressed from talking about our likes and dislikes to becoming ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend.’ He kept asking to come to my house. Finally, that day would come. I walked 6 blocks to the park. It was dark. I twiddled my thumbs, applied my lip gloss. At the corner of my eye, I saw an older man. Something inside me screamed to turn away. ‘Mary?’ My heart skipped a beat. I was 11, and he looked about 45.”

‘I’m coming over whether you like it or not.’ We had drinks and told stories about our Kile. Jack slept on my sofa that night. Then the whispers began.’

“Kile and I confessed our love with an intimate wedding ceremony at our house. I sat by his bedside in a white dress and promised to love, honor and cherish him until death do us part. I just didn’t expect it to be 5 days later. I don’t know when Jack’s feelings for me changed. Some say they we there all along. How dare these people judge me?”

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