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Sex offender charged for having Facebook accounts

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

A Maiden sex offender is accused of operating more than one Facebook account throughout the year, the Sheriff’s Office said this week.

State laws don’t allow registered sex offenders to have any accounts with Facebook or other social media networks.

Michael Perry McQuain Jr., 29, of 4872 Mountainview Lane, was charged Monday with one count of sex offender use of a social website.

Deputies first discovered in March that the suspect had an account under the name “Wendy McQuain,” a report said.

Because deputies couldn’t prove it was him, no charges were filed against McQuain at the time.

Last month, a witness told Sheriff’s detectives the man was now operating a page under the name “Michael Johnson.” The witness also showed deputies pictures and statements from the account suggesting it was operated by McQuain.

Deputies arrested the sex offender at his home “after numerous search warrants, obtaining Facebook account information, IP address carrier information and Internet account holder information,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

McQuain spent nearly two years in prison for indecent liberties with a child, the North Carolina Department of Correction website revealed. The victim was three years old, according to the United States Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website.

 

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