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    DETROIT A 16-year-old honor student from Michigan tricked her parents into getting her a passport and then flew off to the Mideast to be with a West Bank man she met on, authorities say.

    U.S. officials in Jordan persuaded her to turn around and go home before she reached the West Bank. She was on her way home Friday.

    Katherine R. Lester is a straight-A student and student council member, her father said. "She's a good girl. Never had a problem with her," Terry Lester said. is a social networking Web site with more than 72 million members that lets users post photos, blogs and journals. There have been scattered accounts of sexual predators targeting minors they met through the site.

    Katherine disappeared Monday after talking her family into getting her a passport by saying she was going to Canada with friends, sheriff's officials said. She apparently planned to visit a man whose MySpace account describes him as a 25-year-old from Jericho, Undersheriff James Jashinske said.

    The FBI traced the teenager to a Wednesday flight from New York's Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel. At a scheduled stop in Amman, Jordan, U.S. officials persuaded her to return home, FBI agent Robert Beeckman said

    It was not immediately known when she would arrive back in the United States. Terry Lester said the family was keeping details of the return private.

    Katherine apparently contacted the man from Jericho about three months ago, Jashinske said. Jericho, a city of 17,000, is a relatively calm area of the volatile West Bank.

    MySpace forbids youngsters 13 and under from joining and provides special protections for those 14 and 15 -- only people on their list of friends can view their profiles. Older users also have the option of restricting certain personal data so it can be seen only by people they have identified as friends.

    Shawn Lester told The Saginaw News that her daughter has "never given me a day's trouble. ... I just don't understand with all these new laws protecting America how a 16-year-old kid could get out of the country." She said her daughter never had a boyfriend and seemed to be content with that.

    State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he could say little about the girl because of privacy rules.

    Katherine and her mother live in Gilford, a village about 80 miles north of Detroit in Michigan's agricultural Thumb region. Her father lives in Grand Blanc Township.

    The age of consent in Michigan is 16; Katherine turns 17 on June 21.

    "I'll be honest with you, we don't know if a crime's been committed," Jashinske said Friday.

    GILFORD, Mich. A teenager who flew to the Middle East to be with a man she met on said Friday she intends to marry him.

    "I love him very much," 17-year-old Katherine Lester said of Abdullah Jimzawi, 20, who works in his father's business delivering goods to West Bank convenience stores.

    Lester appeared on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" with her father and stepmother. Jimzawi also spoke with ABC during a taped portion of the segment, describing how the pair "can't live without each other."

    After hearing what Jimzawi said, Lester began weeping.

    "It's true," she said. "I love you. That's all I can say."

    The two first encountered each other about seven months ago on the social networking web site but have never met face to face.

    Lester, who turned 17 on Wednesday, was en route to Israel earlier this month when she was intercepted in Jordan by U.S. authorities who seized her passport and put her on a flight back to the United States.

    Jimzawi has told The Associated Press that the two planned to marry and that Lester planned to convert to Islam. Lester, a Christian, declined to say Friday whether she intended to convert.

    The two have resumed communication online since she returned home.

    "Our initial reaction was to isolate her, to lock her up and just keep her safe here in America," said her father, Terry Lester. "But that's unrealistic because you can see the love they have for each other."

    Authorities filed a runaway juvenile petition against Lester earlier this week, and a judge ordered her to give up her passport and undergo counseling. If the judge finds that Lester was a runaway, she could be placed under court supervision until she turns 18.
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    She's lucky she's not my daughter - and vice-versa. Kids. Whataya gonna do?

    I agree with the tatt idea, maybe she can show up on Inked and get it done. Then her cyber b/f can watch and see what she looks like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    Someone tattoo a big "L" on her forehead.
    Yeah, before it gets lopped off....


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