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Woman allegedly poses as boy, solicits sex from Springboro teen

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LEBANON — Police determined that 14-year-old Matthew Abrams actually was a 31-year-old woman after finding her alleged victim on the streets of Franklin last month, malnourished and with sores on her feet.

Patricia Dye’s true gender also surprised the friend charged with keeping track of the 16-year-old girl while the teen’s mother was undergoing gallbladder surgery at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg.

Dye is accused of luring the teen into a sexual relationship.

“It’s very, very disturbing. She had me fooled. I thought I was dealing with a 14-year-old boy,” said the friend, Melissa Neumann of Middletown.

On Wednesday, July 7, Dye remained in the Warren County Jail on $100,000 bond, waiting for a grand jury to consider her case. She is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and engaging in unlawful sex with a minor.

The victim ran away from home June 22 — her 16th birthday — according to police.

Neumann said she sent text messages urging her friend’s daughter to come home.

When police picked up the girl on June 24, she said she had not eaten in three days and had sores on her feet, Neumann said.

After she left home, the teen and Dye were “in and out” of a room at Collie’s Motel on North Main Street in Franklin that Dye shared with her parents, Springboro police Sgt. Bob Marchiny said.

Authorities turned the victim over to her aunt after she was examined at Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, the aunt said.

The girl has since been reunited with her mother, family members said.

The aunt said she changed the girl’s pass codes to Myspace, Facebook and an alumni page for Franklin High School graduates to protect her from Dye, who was portraying herself online as Abrams and under other identities.

The aunt said police showed her as many as five pictures, some portraying Dye as a man, others as a woman.

“I had no clue,” said the aunt, who is not being identified by name for this story to protect the identity of the victim. “I hope to God that she never gets out.”

Dye, arrested June 30 in Franklin, had no local criminal record. No other charges have been filed, but police have said they were investigating whether there were other victims.

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