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A Pittsburgh teen who fell victim to an online predator will share her story with students in South Butler County School Dist...

| Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

A Pittsburgh teen who fell victim to an online predator several years ago will share her story with students in select grade levels in the South Butler County School District.

She also will deliver the same message to the students' parents in a separate presentation.

Alicia Kozakiewicz, 19 and a Point Park University student, will speak to Knoch High School students and Knoch Middle School eighth-graders about the dangers associated with chat rooms and profile pages.

Kozakiewicz will speak from personal experience about how sexual predators can use the Internet to lure children.

On New Year's 2002, when she was 13, Kozakiewicz left her Crafton Heights home to meet a friend she met online.

That friend turned out to be 38-year-old Scott William Tyree, a computer programmer from suburban Washington, D.C.

Tyree, who had boasted online about wanting to capture a teenage slave, took Kozakiewicz to his home in Herndon, Va.

It wasn't until four days later that authorities were able to rescue Kozakiewicz from Tyree's townhouse.

Authorities found Kozakiewicz bound with a chain in Tyree's house.

Kozakiewicz now is studying psychology at Point Park with plans to one day work along side the FBI team that aided in her recovery.

Todd O'Shell, South Butler spokesman, said that Kozakiewicz determined a couple years ago to share her story with children in hopes of making them aware of Internet dangers and preventing another circumstance similar to what she endured.

Kozakiewicz will talk to the South Butler students on Nov. 2 and the parents on Nov. 5. Her presentation will last about an hour, O'Shell said.

"The messages will be similar but will be tailored to both groups," O'Shell said of Kozakiewicz's presentations to students and parents.

Kozakiewicz could not be reached for comment.

He said district officials wanted to space the presentations so that students would have the chance to discuss what they heard with their parents.

As for the parents, O'Shell said district officials thought it important for them to hear Kozakiewicz's message, "So that they can understand what their children are doing."

O'Shell was referring to how children are making use of available technology such as the Internet.

"Most children use the Internet, even if it's in ways that are not inappropriate," he said.

He added, "You have to move forward with educating parents."

The district has sponsored a number of programs to educate parents on issues facing children.

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