| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Butler man sentenced for using Facebook scam to solicit young girls for sex

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, April 29, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

A Butler County man, who pled guilty to creating an elaborate false identity on Facebook to target young girls for sex was sentenced Monday to 14 to 28 years in state prison.

William Ainsworth will also be required to serve 16 years of state supervised parole and probation and register with Megan's Law for the rest of his life.

Ainsworth was charged with using Facebook to solicit young girls for explicit photos or meetings for sex.

Ainsworth was accused of fabricating the Facebook personas of two young men, “Bill Cano” and “Anthony ‘Rip' Navari,” both supposedly living in Florida as surfers after dropping out of high school and running away from their families.

Ainsworth used these online identities to initiate online friendships with young people from throughout the Pittsburgh area, nearly all of them female.

Ainsworth was sentenced by Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tim McCune.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Founder of Z&M Cycle Sales in Hempfield killed in Florida motorcycle crash
  2. Starkey: Tomlin lived in his fears
  3. Slain St. Clair officer walked into ‘worst nightmare’ for police
  4. 2,200 union employees of ATI lose coverage
  5. Increasing player salaries pinch financial flexibility of Pirates
  6. 7 percent in Allegheny County able to carry concealed gun
  7. Film session: Long shots dotted Steelers’ passing game
  8. Steelers receiver Wheaton takes advantage of opportunity in breakout game
  9. Penguins’ reshuffled top line of Crosby, Dupuis, Kunitz looks familiar
  10. Steelers notebook: Bryant confident in backup Jones if Big Ben can’t play
  11. Pa. Supreme Court: Highmark Medicare Advantage members to retain access to UPMC