Eric Hakala, 37 of Naperville was arrested in DuPage County on Thursday after he was caught using a fake Facebook profile to solicit under-aged children. Hakala, is a convicted sex offender involving a 2001 conviction of indecent solicitation of a minor. However, he was not made to register as a sex offender. Reportedly, Hakala created a fake high school student profile to ease the communication barriers between him and children. He has been accused of soliciting sex from 2 female victims but more could be out there. Additional charges include the distribution of child pornography. One of the victims went to the police after the suspect admitted that he was much older than any child. A police investigation of text messages and Facebook messages contained an explicit photo of himself and invited them to meet at a movie theatre.
Attention Saint Louis and Naperville (and surrounding counties), I urge you to search your child's Facebook friends to see if Eric Hakala is on their friend's list. While this is arguably a privacy issue, there could be more victims out there where he used his real Facebook profile instead of any known fake accounts. Please check here for suspect's Facebook page (X).