A lot of us have a Facebook page, and we know it can be a helpful social tool. And that's why this story can make you a little nervous. A 25-year-old man from North Zulch is accused of creating a fake Facebook account using a local woman's identity and posting nude photos of her online.
“A lot of the times these things start out as revenge because you wronged me or for XYZ, or an imaginary reason,” said Bryan Police Detective Chris Moutray.
After allegedly being turned down by a girl repeatedly, 25-year-old Jackie Lee Voorhies of North Zulch took matters into his own hands.
"And they go to sometimes extreme circumstances to get back at that person," said Moutray.
According to court documents, in March, the North Zulch resident created a fake Facebook account posing as the victim -- but he allegedly took it one step further -- posting naked pictures of her.
"Anyone around the world could access those images so easily if you don’t have the privacy settings configured, Moutray said. “So now what happens to those visiting the page? Those images are definitively out there for anyone, and they could be spread around to people the victim doesn't even know."
At this point in the investigation, it's unclear exactly how the pictures ended up in Voorhies possession; however, authorities believe he may have obtained them from her ex-boyfriends cell phone.
It's usually a couple who enter into a relationship, through the course of their relationship, they sext each other, take videos that they probably shouldn’t have,” said Moutray. “They’re taken with the thought of ‘Okay, we're a couple, we’re in love,’ but when the relationship goes sour, then the images can end up in the wrong hands.”
The woman reported the page after several friends contacted her about the content of the page and its existence. After the crime was reported, Bryan Police Detective Chris Moutray was able to issue a search warrant and subpoena internet records.
"Any time you log onto any of these sites, it's logged,” Moutray said. "It shows a date, a time an IP address and that information is all accessible to law enforcement through subpoena or a search warrant.
Not too long after the investigation began -- Moutray says an IP address linked Voorhies to the crime. The victim contacted Facebook, and had the page taken down, however authorities say once an image is published online -- it’s virtually impossible to erase it in cyberspace.
“Anytime you post anything to social networking sites, MySpace, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest -- anything you ever post is kept forever, for the life of that business.”
It's been eight days since his arrest and the 25-year-old still remains in jail.
Online Impersonation is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.