PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from Butler County is facing nearly 70 felony counts related to inappropriate contact with young girls.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says 53-year-old William Ainsworth, of Mars, developed three personas on Facebook and used them to get girls, ages 13 to 15, to send him nude pictures and in some cases meet with him for sex acts.
The investigation started when Ainsworth was arrested in September after he went to the home of a 14 year-old girl. Authorities discovered he had established relationships with more than one girl.
They went on to find out that Ainsworth pretended to be two surfers named Bill Cano and Anthony “Rip” Navari who dropped out of school lived in Florida.
After gaining 600 friends with the profiles, Ainsworth made his Facebook friends believe “Bill” died and used “Rip” to emotionally connect with the girls.
He then created a third persona named “Glenn Keefer” who was supposedly an adult living in the Pittsburgh area.
Ainsworth made his alleged victims believe that “Glenn” would either give money to “Rip” for living expenses or help them runaway to be with “Rip” if they did a range of acts for him, including stripping or sex.
Ainsworth is facing charges for his alleged involvement with seven girls. Prosecutors say five of them sent him pictures. Two of the girls met him for sex acts.
In all, Ainsworth is facing 68 felony counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual abuse of children (possession of child pornography).