Sex text shocker for boy's mother

Dayna Alldridge and her son Tyler, 6, whose phone has been receiving texts from random numbers requesting sexual favours.
Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ

Dayna Alldridge and her son Tyler, 6, whose phone has been receiving texts from random numbers requesting sexual favours.

A six-year-old boy with a new cellphone has been receiving text messages intended for a prostitute.

New Plymouth woman Dayna Alldridge was "really grossed out" when she saw the texts.

"I thought it was pretty disgusting, considering it was a brand new cellphone and sim," she said.

The most recent text to her son Tyler's phone came through on Tuesday evening offering $20 for a sex act. The caller signed off with "Let me know. Xx."

Alldridge rung one of the callers and the man who answered told her he got the number from the Taranaki Daily News personal section.

"When I rung the guy he was shocked too," she said. She questioned him further and he "freaked out a bit" and hung up.

Some quick detective work by a reporter yesterday revealed Tyler's number has one digit different from one in an advert placed by a prostitute.

Family friend Ricki O'Neill's brother bought the phone three weeks ago but his own sim card did not work in it, so O'Neill passed the phone and its unused sim card to Alldridge to give to Tyler.

Soon after they put the new sim card into the phone, texts of a dubious nature started coming through, O'Neill said.

"All of them have been related to sexual favours."

When Alldridge contacted another of the sexters they turned the tables and questioned why she was giving a phone to a 6-year-old.

Alldridge gave Tyler the phone to keep track of him when he goes hunting with his dad.

The prostitute did not answer calls yesterday.

 - Taranaki Daily News

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