Plenty of Facebook-linked crime work for police, courts

This article was published in The Shepparton News on November 27, 2012.

Shepparton police are investigating up to six cases a week involving sexual crimes and bullying perpetrated through Facebook.

In a Shepparton County Court case where a 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Crown prosecutor Andrew Moore said the word ‘‘Facebook’’ now came out in three-quarters of prosecution cases.

The pair communicated via Facebook and their sexual relationship was discovered because of comments the man wrote on the girl’s page.

Shepparton youth liaison officer Leading Senior Constable Matthew Pattison said cases reported to police included people from all walks of life. But he said young people were the most vulnerable to cyberbullying and to predators using the social medium to find victims. Continue reading Plenty of Facebook-linked crime work for police, courts