Two 16-year-old students at New York’s Cinema School felt as though 38-year-old computer technician Kevin Eckstein had a thing for younger girls. They set out to prove it by setting up a fake Facebook profile to see if he was the “creeper” they believed he was.
The two future Nancy Drews created a profile for 16-year-old ‘Sarah Archer’ and exchanged messages with Eckstein over the course of several months. According to the girls, he was aware that ‘Sarah’ was 16 from the beginning of their exchange with him. Eckstein reportedly messaged the teen telling her she was cute, invited her visit him at the school, asked her out on dinner dates, and even expressed an interest in photography when the teen told him that she was a model.
After an instructor at the school overheard the two girls talking about the trap they had created and launched an investigation into Eckstein, which ultimately led to him being fired from the school shortly after.
Eckstein expressed to the media that he was a victim of a prank and that he stopped contacting the girl as soon as he found out she was underage.
He said, “When I discovered in the conversation after two days that she was 16, I ended contact with her. I blocked her.” Eckstein went on to add, “Two kids out of the whole school who didn’t like me attempted to talk to me on Facebook and it created a buzz within the school and it led to an investigation. It ended and I left the school.”
However, when police pointed out that the fictitious girl’s profile stated she was a student at Lehman High School. Eckstein claimed he did not remember seeing that.
A former student of The Cinema School claimed that Eckstein used Facebook to ask her out several times last year.
Eckstein is also denying this allegation.
The technician ended his three year employment with the school on August 12th.
What do you think? Was this entrapment or did Eckstein get exactly what was coming to him?