33 Year Old Woman Poses as 13 Year Old Boy

33 Year Old Woman Poses as 13 Year Old Boy

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(Galena, KS-AP) -- A woman who allegedly pretended to be a 13-year-old boy in Salt Lake City is under investigation for pulling a similar hoax in Galena, Kansas.

A pastor at the Galena Assembly of God says a person showed up at his church in October claiming to be Chris Gomez -- a 13-year-old male child abuse victim.

Jones says that after a series of inconsistencies, he confronted the person claiming to be a boy last week -- and she confessed she's actually 33-year-old Birdie Jo Hoaks and has three children.

The case was referred to the Cherokee County prosecutor's office, but no charges have yet been filed. Hoaks attracted attention in Salt Lake City in 1995 with a similar tale. People donated money for the apparent victim -- but it was returned after the hoax was revealed.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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