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5/10/2013 1:55:00 PM
Police Investigating 'Sexually Explicit Requests' to Teenage Girls
By Dominik Lobkowicz

Boothbay Harbor Police Department is investigating "sexually explicit requests" made to over a dozen female Boothbay Regional High School students via Facebook, according to Officer Larry Brown.

Brown, who serves as the school resource officer for BRHS, said he was alerted by Vice Principal Allan Crocker on May 8 that several girls had received the requests on Facebook from a strange man.

After some investigation, Brown said he was able to identify who he believes was responsible. The alleged poster is a 21 year-old male from the Boothbay Region, he said.

Brown said he is not able to release the identity of the man due to the ongoing investigation. He did say the man had been recently arrested on unrelated charges.

Though it is still unclear whether the man violated any laws via his posts, Brown said he has been reviewing related statutes.

A message to parents by Rocky Channels School District (AOS 98) Superintendent Eileen King posted on the BRHS Facebook page said the school was aware of the issue and cooperating with law enforcement. The message encouraged parents to check in with their children to see if they have received any contact or inappropriate messages from strangers.

Assemblies were planned for May 10 to remind students on how to be safe with social media, King wrote.

Brown said he too is encouraging parents to be aware of who their children are contacting or being contacted by while using social media.

"If any parent knows that their kids' received these messages, please contact me," he said.

The students handled the situation appropriately by bringing the messages to the attention of the school administration and the police, Brown said.

"This is a good example of a community being proactive when something like this surfaces," Brown said of the students' and school's response, adding this was another good reason to have a school resource officer.

Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact the Boothbay Harbor Police Department at 633-2451.

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