Novi, MI – Police said a San Francisco woman was arrested on Sunday after she met a 15-year-old Michigan boy online, flew to Detroit, rented an Airbnb nearby, and sent Ubers to pick him up at his parents’ home.
Novi Police Lieutenant Jason Meier said investigators believed that 32-year-old Stephanie Sudarin Sin started talking to the boy when he was 14 years old and had been talking to him for more than a year, WDIV reported.
“He was aware that she was an adult and she was aware that he was a 15-year-old boy,” the lieutenant said.
“It started as them talking casually and then it advanced to more sexually explicit talk,” Lt. Meier said. “She was a little surprised [at the arrest], but at the same time she knew what she was doing.”
Last weekend, Sin bought a plane ticket from her home in San Francisco and flew to Detroit to meet the teen, according to police.
Lt. Meier said that Sin booked an Airbnb for a month in nearby Royal Oak and then she started sending Ubers to the 15 year old’s home to pick him up for an in-person rendezvous, WJBK reported.
After more than one Uber was sent, the boy got scared and confessed to his parents about what was going on.
His parents called the Novi police and officers responded to the teen’s house, WJBK reported.
As officers were interviewing the 15 year old and his parents, two more Ubers sent by Sin arrived at the boy’s home to pick him up, WDIV reported.
Novi police arrested Sin at her rental accommodations a short time later.
Sin has been charged with one count of child sexually-abusive activity and another count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to WJBK.
She was held in custody on a $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on April 20.
Lt. Meier called the case “a stark reminder of how important it is for parents to be aware of their children’s online activity,” WJBK reported.
He said that although 99 percent of cases involve male adults going after young girls, adult women grooms young males occurs in the same way online.
“It may be exciting, but it’s very dangerous, and we would encourage anyone to tell someone,” Lt. Meier said. “Tell your parents, tell your teacher, tell the police.”
He said Sin never had any in-person contact with her victim because he told his parents, WJBK reported.
“I give him all the credit in the world for telling someone and getting a predator off the streets,” the lieutenant said.