Parker County authorities say a North Richland Hills teen picked a wrong screen name to use on sex websites.
It turned out to be the name of a Parker County teen and she didn’t want anything to do with those services.
The result: The 18-year-old North Richland Hills woman now faces a felony charge of online impersonation.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Victoria “Tori” Elizabeth Varnes. She was booked into the Parker County Jail at 3:59 p.m. on Jan. 6, and released at 2:43 p.m. on Jan. 7 after posting $7,500 bail, according to authorities.
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Varnes could not be reached Monday.
Authorities were contacted in August by the mother of the 18-year-old Parker County teen, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram.
The mother told investigators that Varnes had been using her daughter’s name on numerous sex websites, the affidavit stated. Information on how the mother tracked Varnes was not available.
In interviews with authorities, the mother said the suspect was using photographs of her own body, but using her daughter’s name. The mother emailed the websites and requested that they remove the photographs, according to the affidavit.
Deputies confiscated printouts from the websites. Authorities did not specify how many were involved but said there were “several” and “numerous.”
Investigator Louis Sherman attempted to contact Varnes then, but she refused to meet with him.
In September, the mother of the Parker County teen met with Sherman and handed over a handwritten letter that Varnes had sent to her daughter, according to the affidavit. The envelope was addressed to the Parker County teen and had a return address of a post office box in Arlington,, the warrant stated.
According to the affidavit, the letter stated: “I’m sorry my actions have caused you personal embarrassment. It wasn’t my intention to harm you in any way or impersonate you. It is unfortunate that I chose a screen name that may be confused with your [sic].” The letter was signed by Varnes, the warrant said.
The charge accuses Varnes of using the Parker County teen’s name to create a web page with the intent to “harm,” “defraud,” “threaten,” or “intimidate” her.