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Whitefish Bay magazine ‘Bay Leaves' halts teen work ads after suspicious sexual calls

Cops set up fake ads to try and catch perpetrators
Posted at 10:12 PM, May 10, 2017

Teens in Whitefish Bay can no longer advertise in their neighborhood magazine, after reports of teens receiving several strange calls that were sexual in nature. 

"Bay Leaves" used to have a place for youth to solicit their services like dog walking and babysitting, which included a name, age and phone number.  Village Trustee Jay Saunders understands why the magazine stopped running the youth classified section.

"I think that was probably the best move, it's unfortunate," Saunders said.

A mom, whose daughter posted an ad in the magazine, contacted police when she got, "unsettling phone calls from an unknown man using a blocked phone number."

Police say seven girls between 12 and 16 got similar calls after the January issue ran.  Three of the girls actually talked to the man. 

"It was clear the conversation was of a sexual nature," said one 16-year-old. 

Saunders said you don't expect something like this to happen in Whitefish Bay.

"Whitefish Bay is a very is a very trusting community and it makes me wonder a little bit if that's why this person targeted Whitefish Bay," he said.

Police posted fake ads in the youth classifieds in February, but there were no more strange calls.  The caller never asked for addresses or to meet the girls.  Police didn't catch the creepy caller, but said there is no longer a threat.

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