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Bmt detective captures internet predator preying on young girls

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For months, Bryan Pringle, 32, of Canada would disguise his identity of Facebook.

Beaumont police say Pringle posed as a 15-year-old boy and would send friend requests and messages to young Beaumont girls.

He would then reach more girls through their friends lists.

"He was able to reach out to a large number of people at one time," said Det. Jeffrey Curl.

Detective Curl says that once Pringle established an online relationship, he'd begin calling and texting the girls.

This went on for months until an alert child went to her parents who then contacted Beaumont police.

"We were able to get that child's phone and then assume her identity and continue to chat with the bad guy until we were able to locate him and identify him," said Det. Curl

Once Pringle was identified, Det. Curl worked with Canadian investigators to make the arrest.

His work was rewarded with a state award; the 2013 Texas Hero for Children Award.

While he was honored for the recognition, Det. Curl wants to see this disturbing trend come to an end. He says it begins with parents keeping a close eye on their kids.

"They need to develop that relationship with their kids so that when something does happen, when something does go bad, their kids feel confident or safe going to them telling them what's going on," said Curl.

Detective Curl has been with the Beaumont Police Department for 18 years.

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