Alicia Kozakiewicz was by all accounts a regular 13 year old girl; her mother was a homemaker that cared for Alicia and her brother, and her father was a salesman. They thought all was fine and normal in their household; Alicia recently seemed more moody than usual, but she was a teenage girl, so her parents chalked it up to adolescent moodiness. Her parents would later say in interviews that if they knew what was going on after they went to bed, they would have “thrown the computer out the window”.
At night, after her parents went to bed, Alicia would log on to Yahoo chat rooms, where she befriended a girl named Christine. Alicia and Christine became close, and their friendship was rocked when Christine revealed her big secret; Christine was not a teenage girl, but rather a 31 year old man. Alicia was taken aback, but decided that age was just a number and continued the friendship.
It wasn’t too long after this reveal that “Christine” introduced Alicia to a man who advertised himself as “Master Scott”, 38 year old Scott Tyree. Scott and Alicia talked for about 6 months, during which time he groomed Alicia, to make her his definition of the perfect teenager.
It was New Year’s Day of 2002 when Alicia left her house to meet Scott outside in his car. When she hesitated to climb into the car, he grabbed her by the arm and forcefully dragged her into the vehicle, threatening her that if she gave him any trouble, he’d put her in the trunk.