BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A local man who police say left “sexually explicit” messages on the Facebook pages of local teens in the last week has been arrested for violation of bail conditions unrelated to the Boothbay incident.
The man, who police refused to identify, is being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail pending arraignment today, said School Resource Officer Larry Brown of the Boothbay Harbor Police Department.
Brown declined to answer additional questions about the suspect or his arrest. Superintendent Eileen King said on the school’s Facebook page that the man is 20 years old.
More than a dozen female students at Boothbay Region High School notified Brown about the messages, which Brown declined to comment on because the case remains under investigation.
“We don’t view him as a pedophile, but needless to say, this is very upsetting,” Brown said. “They [the messages] were totally inappropriate and we’re working on whether charges will be brought.”
In her Facebook message posted Thursday, school Superintendent Eileen King encouraged parents to check with their children to see if they have been contacted by a stranger or received an inappropriate message.
The post reads:
Message from the Superintendent of Schools
We have been made aware that some of our students have been contacted by a 20-year-old adult male who is posting very inappropriate content on some of our students’ Facebook pages.
Both schools are working with the Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Police Department regarding this serious issue.
Please take a moment to check in with your child to see if they have been contacted by a stranger or if they have indeed received an inappropriate message. If they have, please contact Officer Larry Brown, Dan Welch or Mark Tess.
Tomorrow, both schools with take some time to remind our students how to remain safe using social media.
Both schools are scheduled to hold assemblies next week, and King wrote that they would discuss “how to remain safe using social media.”
Brown said Friday that “some plusses came out of the situation,” including an opportunity to remind parents that “they really need to be active when it comes to what their kids are doing as far as social media.
“It’s very troublesome, what this young man has done, but it shows the way the police, community and school can work together,” Brown said.