Abductee Discusses Web Dangers
Wills, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Alicia Kozakiewicz told the fourth-graders she came to their classroom to save their lives.
It could be true.
Few can speak about Internet safety with the authority of Kozakiewicz, who nearly five years ago was abducted and tortured by a Virginia man she met online.
"I made a lot of mistakes when I was 13," Kozakiewicz, who lives in Crafton Heights, told students at St. John of God School in McKees Rocks. "It destroyed my life and my family. I was almost another body in a morgue."
Scott Tyree, then 38, took her when she was an eighth-grader to his Virginia home and tied her up in his bedroom for four days. FBI agents rescued her. Tyree is serving an almost-20-year prison sentence.
Now 18, Kozakiewicz might prefer to forget her abduction, but says she feels obligated to talk.
"I feel like I was rescued for a reason," she said.
For more than two hours Friday, she fielded questions from the youngsters, who asked how she met Tyree, what sort of food he gave her, whether she was tortured and whether she prayed.
"Yes, I was tortured. …