Posed as a teacher? Police charge 15-year-old alleged Facebook faker
He's facing the music for allegedly using Facebook illegally.
And at age 15, the Brandon boy is a rare kind of suspect for the relatively rare criminal offence of personation.
The suspect -- who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice
Act -- will appear in court June 24 to face a charge of personation
after allegedly posing as a school teacher on Facebook, a social
"It's probably the first time I've heard
of it," University of Manitoba law professor Bruce MacFarlane said of
such a charge against someone so young.
"It's a fairly uncommon charge, and
certainly more than just uncommon when it comes to youth. It's
extremely rare when it comes to youth."
INTENDED TO GAIN
The boy was recently
charged by Brandon police after allegedly creating a Facebook profile
in the teacher's name, posting information as well as a photo. The
incident occurred April 21.
An adult convicted of personation could spend up to 10 years in prison.
'MAKE THE LINK'
The burgeoning popularity of Facebook and other networking websites
means it's possible that personation charges will arise "with
increasing frequency," MacFarlane said.
"Just how many will depend on whether it
can be proven, and that's sometimes quite tough to do," he said. "You
have to make the link between the person and the computer, and those
are all difficult."
Websites of this kind, said Deutscher, don't do enough to ensure users are who they claim they are.
"They don't know who, in fact, is posting what on their sites -- which
could affect other people's privacy rights," he said. "In terms of an
individual's privacy or in terms of individual reputation, that could
be a dangerous thing."
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