Police Probe Facebook Hoez

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 10:25am

Page used real student pictures "with a fictitious bio of a sexually explicit nature."

Pennsylvania police are investigating a Facebook page that includes photos of high school girls with fabricated material of a sexual nature.

Police said the "Beaver County Hoez" page has 25 pictures of students as young as 14 that were taken from the actual Facebook pages of the victims.

They said the photos are posted on the site "with a fictitious bio of a sexually explicit nature associated with each juvenile girl."

"I was very embarrassed. Even if the girls did do some of the things on the website it's no reason to put it out there like that," one girl featured on the site said.

"I am absolutely stunned that kids were posting other young teenagers pictures and saying these horrible things about them," one mother said.

Several people defended the girls on the website.

One posting read, "You are harassing all these girls and I hope who ever made this page gets arrested."

Police from all over the county said they have received complaints from victims’ parents.

Because of the page, Central Valley High School invited police to speak to students about cyber bulling and the consequences of abusing social media.

Trooper Rocco DeMaiolo said investigators have opened a cyber-bullying and harassment case and are working with the social media site's security department to try to identify those responsible and have the site taken down.

They are asking anyone with information to call state police.

Sgt. Kelly Hogan, who investigates cybercrimes, said he's also investigating the case closely.

"Cases in the past, people harassed over the Internet actually have killed themselves," said Hogan.

Hogan said authorities will prosecute the person responsible for creating the page by getting a search warrant from Facebook.

"It's only a matter of time before we find you. If you do something like this, you're going to get caught and you're going to get charged," Hogan said.

Police said the charges will include harassment by communication, which could lead to jail time.

State police in Beaver County ask anyone with information to contact authorities.

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