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District 303 warns parents about man posing online as East student

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 is reminding parents to monitor postings on their children's social media accounts in light of accusations that a man posed as a St. Charles East High School student on Facebook, according to a statement the district plans to email parents today.

The Naperville Police Department has arrested Erik Hakala, 37, on charges that he posed as a 15-year-old East student named Mike Evans on Facebook, according to District 303. Hakala reportedly used this fake account to have explicit conversations and exchange photos with other Facebook users in the area.

According to D303, there is no record of Hakala ever attending its schools, and there are no students named Mike Evans at either of the high schools.

Police are recommending that parents of high school students in St. Charles, Batavia and Oswego review their children's Facebook friends to see if they have been in contact with a Mike Evans, according to D303.

Parents who discover their children were in contact with Mike Evans through Facebook or through a cellphone application called KIK are asked to preserve all conversations and photos their children might have exchanged with him, according to D303.

D303 said parents should report the activity to the Naperville Police Department High Technology Crimes Unit at 630-305-5384 or the Batavia Police Department Investigations Unit at 630-454-2500.

"We also would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents that knowing the log ins and passwords for your child’s social media accounts and periodically monitoring the postings on those accounts are highly recommended," D303 said in the statement.

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