A Santa Cruz, California man arrested in January on child pornography charges has been arrested again – this time for creating a fake Facebook profile for the police officer that arrested him the first time, and using that fake profile to distribute child pornography.
Santa Cruz county cops along with the FBI raided the man’s home this week and found yet more pornography, arresting him again. The suspect, 31-year-old Christopher Schuette, was released days after his initial arrest in January of last year after he posted $5,000 bond. As far as his motives go, cops say it was pretty much an open and shut case.
“The officer was definitely targeted because he was the one that arrested the suspect during the first case,” Sgt. Kelly Kent said. “I just believe it was retaliatory because of his job.”
Thankfully, the police officer who had his identity lifted suffered no negative ramifications from Schuette’s actions. However, it’s important to be wary of any fishy-seeming Facebook profile that claims to belong to an individual or a group, particularly if it’s someone you know. The suspect in this case was easily identified and caught, but there are many fake profiles out there that are much harder to detect. As always, use discretion when accepting requests.
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