NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- New York City high school students used a fake Facebook page to dupe an IT worker into asking a 16-year-old on a date, getting him fired, officials said.
Kevin Eckstein, 38, a computer specialist at Cinema High School in the Bronx, was approached online by two students pretending to be a 16-year-old girl from a neighboring school. Eckstein struck up a relationship with the "girl" and asked her out to dinner multiple times over the course of several months, investigators said.
The students told The New York Post they thought Eckstein was "creepy" but did not intend for the prank to become public. A teacher overheard the two students talking about their prank and reported it to the principal, who notified police. When investigators forced Eckstein to show his activity on the social media website where he referred to himself as "King Lovenest," his advances were confirmed -- along with messages between him and a real student at the school that contained similar advances.
School officials fired Eckstein Aug. 12, the Post reported.
Confronted outside his apartment, Eckstein denied the charges and said he blocked the fake account when he realized the girl was 16. He was not criminally charged.