But what was particularly unusual about a recent case in Maryland was that it
was a female predator who was arrested for using games to violate youth.
California resident Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, posed as a 23-year-old and went on Xbox Live in the bid
to meet teens for sex.
Earlier this year, she met a 13-year-old Maryland boy on Xbox Live. She
initiated a relationship with the teen, sending him romantic text messages, and
explicit pictures and movies.
Over Thanksgiving she drove up from Florida, after visiting relatives. Reaching Maryland she snuck into the boy's house and allegedly had sex with him while his
parents were sleeping. The boy’s parents found out when they started
looking over his text messages and discovered the woman's lurid
Catching her was a bit tougher. She had given the boy a fake name.
But "with help from federal authorities" (likely a federal subpoena
of Xbox Live records), her true identity was exposed and she was arrested.
She is currently being charged and the investigation is ongoing, as she is believed
to have molested another teen, whom investigators are working to establish the
The case is unusual as the incidence of female predators appears to be much
lower than male ones. On the Dateline: NBC's special To
Catch a Predator, the predators looking to molest young boys or girls were
almost exclusively men.