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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Facebook Fears from the City of Muskego Police Department

It is important to be careful about giving away personal information on the internet. Muskego Police Lieutenant David Constantineau explains safety concerns in his Muskego Police Department Neighborhood Watch newsletter.

Facebook Fears

 

If you have been reading this newsletter for any length of time, you know that I am not a huge fan of Facebook.  It has a lot of great applications and uses, but people on Facebook, particularly our children, need to be careful as to who they allow to access their accounts.  I don’t care who you are, nobody has 500 friends, and you should be careful about the information you share and with whom.

 

On Monday, November 21, a Muskego mother came into the police department to report that her 14 year old son had been contacted on Facebook by a man they had met at a family funeral earlier in the day.  That man turned out to be a 37 year old Big Bend resident who was convicted and served time in prison for possession of child pornography, and is now a registered sex offender.  Along with our complainant and her son, her sister-in-law, also of Muskego, came into the police department and reported that her 16 year old son has had intermittent Facebook contact with this man for two years.  

 

Neither boy ever met with, or had any other contact with the man.  They have both since blocked his access to their Facebook accounts, although one of them did receive another Facebook message from a name they did not recognize complaining about the boy blocking people for no reason.  It is possible this account was an alias account for this man, but we have no proof of that.

 

I do want to make it clear that this man has not broken any laws by contacting these boys on Facebook.  He has paid his debt for the crimes for which he was convicted, he is not under any type of supervision, and his activities are not restricted.  That being said, these parents are understandably disturbed and upset that their children are being contacted by a convicted sex offender.    What is even more disturbing is that a casual glance at Facebook shows that this man is “friends” with a number of young men who claim Muskego High School as their location.

 

We have no evidence, and there have been no accusations that this man has made actual contact with any young men.  There is no evidence to show he has broken any laws, or that he has even attempted to.  My goal in providing you with this information is so that you can impress upon your children that not everyone who wants to be, or claims to be their friend actually is a friend. Everyone should be very careful what they put on Facebook or any other social network site, and even more careful who they allow to view it.  As parents, it is our job to make sure we know who our kids are “friends” with.  I know some parents don’t want to “invade my kid’s privacy.”  I’m sorry, but as a parent, if it takes my invading my child’s “privacy” to keep them safe, that’s tough, the kids will have to live with it. Take the time with your child to review your child’s “friend list”, inquire as to the relationship of names you do not recognize. Quite often certain “friends” on the list will jump out at you and seem odd. If your child cannot adequately explain who that friend is, block and remove that person from the friend’s list. If you are not sure how to navigate on Facebook but think there might be an issue, by all means contact our police department and we will have someone assist you.

 

If you would like to find out if any registered sex offenders live near you, you can follow this link: http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/

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