According to his social media profiles, James Puryear Wilson was a 17-year-old father of twins.
According to federal prosecutors, he was a 24-year-old Massachusetts woman who was posing as a teenage boy to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. A complaint filed in federal court accuses Carissa Hads of traveling from Massachusetts to West Virginia to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
A probable cause affidavit alleges that the 15-year-old alleged victim met “James Puryear Wilson” through a social networking site in October 2010. The document states that they began an “internet romance” and “Wilson” sent the girl a cell phone and other devices they could use to communicate.
According to the affidavit, “Wilson” told the girl he wanted to meet in person in December 2011. Her mother allegedly drove her to a motel in Pennsylvania, where they met for the first time.
Two months later, “Wilson” flew to West Virginia and stayed at the girl’s home for five days, the document states. During that visit, the two allegedly had sexual intercourse, but “Wilson” never got undressed.
West Virginia State Police were alerted about the relationship when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip claiming that “Wilson” had threatened the life of a girl who told the alleged victim she did not think he was who he said he was.
According to the affidavit, Sgt. Robert Talkington of the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated and found evidence that he believed proved “James Puryear Wilson” was really 24-year-old Carissa Hads.
In addition to noting feminine features and physical similarities in photos on “Wilson” and Hads’ social media pages, Talkington alleged that flight information showed Hads flew to West Virginia in February and “Wilson” did not. He also stated that credit card records indicated Hads’ card was used to purchase the airline tickets and was used in West Virginia while “Wilson” was visiting the alleged victim’s home.
Search warrant affidavits filed last week contain more details about the alleged deception. According to the documents, the girl never saw “Wilson” naked and he wore “a back brace which covered ‘his’ chest.” The affidavits allege that when Hads was arrested, a “fake, flesh-colored penis” was found in her pants pocket.
Hads’ roommate in Quincy, Massachusetts told WHDH that Hads always seemed “tomboyish,” but she said the allegations in this case are “crazy.”
A federal judge has ordered Hads held without bond, and the case has been bound over to be heard by a grand jury.
Hads’ public defender, Katy Cimino, told HLN that “she maintains her innocence.” She pointed to the fact that Hads has not yet been charged and that the case has not even been investigated by a grand jury yet, adding “We intend to investigate this case to the fullest and asses the credibility of the witness.”