Arrest over inappropriate Facebook messages

Last updated 17:40 18/02/2013

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Police have requested details from Facebook after a man allegedly used a fake account to approach teenage girls using inappropriate messages with a sexual undertone.

The 20-year-old Upper Hutt man was arrested at work last week after the families of two girls aged under 13 complained about messages they had received from a man on the social media site using the alias Nick Davis.

He is scheduled to appear in Lower Hutt District Court tomorrow, but police this afternoon would not reveal what he had been charged with.

Detective Kylee Cusin appealed for anyone who had been approached by the man using the fake account. She warned parents to "be vigilant and monitor the use of social networking because clearly you don't know who you're talking to".

The fake account had been used for at least a month, Cusin said. Police had asked Facebook to block the account and provide details of any alleged offending.  

The two teenage victims - one from the Hutt Valley and another from the upper North Island - did not know each other. The only contact they had with the man was online, she said. Their families complained to police early last week after "they became aware of the activity on Facebook".

The man "wasn't forthcoming" with information about the alleged offending and wouldn't reveal whether he'd been sending messages to other girls, she said.

"Usually when there's complaints made of this nature there's probably more."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hutt Valley police on 04 560 2669 or 0800 Crimestoppers.

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- The Dominion Post

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