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Windows 7: Legal Question

09 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 
Legal Question

So, we think the school cop decided to make a facebook account. He's pretending to be a 16 year old girl, has a few pictures posted. He or she claims to be from California, yet, has no friends from California which is a bit odd.

At school, we've been getting lectures on internet security. This is what leads us to believe this person is the school cop (and the fact that no one has ever seen the girl pictured in school).

Now, I'm trying to find out if this is legal or not.

The way I think of it, if I were 35 years old and was pretending to be a girl on facebook to befriend teenagers, I would get arrested for child predation. What makes it legal for him to do that same? I highly doubt a school cop would have the authorization to do such a thing.
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09 Jan 2010   #2

win7 ultimate 32 , 64 ,XP
 
 

If he is really a cop ..so he must have been ordered to do so .. it is like being undercover whilst on duty ..not that I agree with the way its done but IMO if he is there to catch someone doing our kids harm so let it be .
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09 Jan 2010   #3

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well, he's the school's "Police Liaison." I don't think he reports to any senior officers or anything. He sits in the Dean's office and acts as a hall monitor, except he has a gun.
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09 Jan 2010   #4
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Does not sound legal to me, but I am no lawyer. Why don't you report it to the police.
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09 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Reporting him may get you your answer or not. The problem becomes a question of intent.
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09 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

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09 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

If he is tryuly a law enforcement officer and not a rent a cop I would think he is doing this under the law to catch the bad guys. Now how can know for sure it is him or just a shy girl? Youare making alot of assumptions. Where are the facts?

NO FACTS YET.....

So, we think (how do you know?)the school cop decided to make a facebook account. He's pretending to be a 16 year old girl (how do you know?) has a few pictures posted. He or she claims to be from California, yet, has no friends from California which is a bit odd. (how do you know?)

At school, we've been getting lectures on internet security. This is what leads us to believe this person is the school cop (and the fact that no one has ever seen the girl pictured in school).
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09 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
If he is tryuly a law enforcement officer and not a rent a cop I would think he is doing this under the law to catch the bad guys. Now how can know for sure it is him or just a shy girl? Youare making alot of assumptions. Where are the facts?

NO FACTS YET.....

So, we think (how do you know?)the school cop decided to make a facebook account. He's pretending to be a 16 year old girl (how do you know?) has a few pictures posted. He or she claims to be from California, yet, has no friends from California which is a bit odd. (how do you know?)

At school, we've been getting lectures on internet security. This is what leads us to believe this person is the school cop (and the fact that no one has ever seen the girl pictured in school).
+1
Good one IggyAZ
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09 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It 'is' an assumption that it's the school cop posing as a 16 year old girl. However, if you suspect that it's not a 16 year old girl, you really should pass those suspicions on, this way everyone is safe.

The best solution is to report it to the authorities, tell them it's only a suspicion but ask them to check it out. If it's illegal then the the person/institution will likely be found and prosecuted, regardless of whether ordered to do so by the school or not. If it's legit, then you've done the right thing anyway and protected yourself and your peers (you can always ask to remain anonymous if this is a concern for you).
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09 Jan 2010   #10

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well, our district is inviting parents to internet safety lecture. During school, some people have been coming in and giving lectures to classes about internet safety.

I have nothing to worry about, don't get me wrong. It's just, if this indeed a cop, it seems wrong to me. They would just be preaching against the very thing they're trying to protect.

I honestly don't think a highly ranked wealthy public school's use of facebook should be any of their concern. It's blocked during school so anything that does go on isn't school related.

I gave out a nice little cease and desist along with the Facebook terms of agreement he/she is violating.

If I'm wrong, I'm going to look like a fool. Oh, well.
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