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Man lures 13-year-old into woods to have sex using Facebook

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - A Sandston man plead guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old who he met through Facebook. Nineteen-year-old Phillip Hall pled no contest to two counts of aggravated sexual battery in Colonial Heights.

Prosecutors say Hall made contact with the girl only two weeks before exposing himself to her and having sex with her and they say he knew exactly how old she was.

Prosecutors say Phillip Hall convinced two 13-year-old girls to meet him in the woods. It started with a friend request on Facebook. He spoke to his victim for two weeks online. She told him she was only 13, but he continued contact.

At some point, the girl and her friend agreed to meet Hall.

"He arranged to meet with them after calling on the telephone as well," said William Bray, Commonwealth's Attorney in Colonial Heights. "They met at the high school where he then encouraged them to go with him to a wooded area near Home Depot."

From there, prosecutors say Hall convinced the two girls to go into the woods with him. He had sex with one of the girls. Prosecutor Elizabeth Fields interviewed the victim and tells us the girl told Hall she did not want to have sex with him, but he continued anyway.  

"He exposed himself and had sexual intercourse with one of the 13-year-olds who was very scared and he took great advantage of the situation," added Bray.

During this time, the other 13-year-old girl left the woods.

Prosecutors say social networking sites can be a dangerous place for children.

"This should be a warning here for young ladies and their parents to watch who they talk to on Facebook and who they meet," said Bray. "Because they didn't really know this person and the results were pretty tragic for their personal lives."

Hall is in jail now. He will be sentenced in March and faces up to 50 years in prison for his crimes against the teen. 

"I'm just glad that, in this case, that justice was done and that in the future, we don't have to see these kinds of cases coming to the courthouse with any frequency," said Bray.  

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