Indeed, Emily did tell everyone, proudly showing pictures of her new boyfriend — who told her his name was Matt — to her family and friends at school in her home town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. To Emily’s acute distress and embarrassment, her dream boyfriend turned out to be girl called Chloe; a fact she discovered only after they’d met up for the first time in October 2010.
In contrast, Emily’s ‘boyfriend’ Matt — in reality a 16-year-old girl from Surrey — has never been charged, and this week was still to be found on certain internet networking sites, including Twitter, pretending to be a boy.
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For even Emily’s cautious parents were initially fooled.Julia recalls: ‘Ian phoned me and said, “I need you to get here as quickly as possible, there’s something not quite right”.I rushed to the station in a panic to find Emily in the car and Matt sitting on the pavement with his head in his hands.When Emily’s parents called the police, they were told no offence had been committed as no sexual assault had taken place.It is not against the law for a girl to dress as a boy, or indeed to create a false internet profile.
I couldn’t think of life without this person.’As well as contacting the police, Julia reported the case to various internet sites in the hope of blocking “Matt’s” profile, but because no criminal offence has been committed, there was apparently nothing that could be done to stop it.