Natalia Burgess has a taste for teenage boys

Still one of the few taboos in our society are predatory women.  In general we can’t get our heads around women being able to harm children, and the men get all the aggro.

But occasionally the worse cases spill into the public, such as this one

A woman who enticed a 13-year-old boy into phone sex and tricked other teens into online relationships has finally admitted her offending.

Natalia Burgess, 29, was unmasked in early 2011 after scores of Christchurch boys admitted they had been drawn in by her posing as an attractive teenage girl on numerous fake Facebook profiles.

Parents spoke of the horrendous effects on sons who had been caught in her web, and one mother believed Burgess was at least partly responsible for her son’s suicide in October 2010.

After a lengthy police investigation, Burgess was charged with two counts of obtaining by deception and one of interfering with a computer system.

Last week in Manukau District Court, after months of “tension” between lawyers, she pleaded guilty to the offending and the full details of her deception can now be revealed.

Tension between lawyers?

Anyone want to guess what that’s a euphemism for?  

Another charge stemmed from an incident in April 2008, when a relationship with a 16-year-old turned sour after the pair had grown close over several months.

Burgess even spoke to the boy’s mother. After saying she was struggling to look after a non-existent daughter they gave her $379.

When the boy refused to give her his internet banking password she became angry and said she would not pay him back. The teen’s mother told Fairfax her son attempted suicide twice over the next year.

Burgess also pleaded guilty to lying about a pregnancy in 2006 while living in Wellington. She went to The House of Grace – a home for pregnant teens that agreed to accommodate her as long as she paid living costs. After accumulating a $1400 debt, management approached Burgess and questioned whether she was pregnant.

She produced a letter purporting to be from a doctor but staff were suspicious about the poor spelling and grammar, called the doctor and discovered Burgess had lied and she was kicked out of the home.

I still think we need a prison for stupid people.

Something justified based on preventing harm to others through preventing self harm in the first instance.

Preventative Detention for Dummies, in other words.

Hmmm, PDD.  Has a ring to it.

Who would like to get a Private Members Bill going?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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