SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – A 31-year-old North Carolina man posed on Instagram as a teenager, approaching fifth and sixth-grade girls at a Springboro school.
Many of the girls belonged to a cheerleading program there.
“Information was being distributed to both children and parents that suggested that this person was a sexual predator and the photo that was on the Instagram page was fake,” according to a press release from the Springboro Police Department.
Springboro Police initiated an investigation that found that the 31-year-old man was living in Wake County, North Carolina and had gathered information about the girls by “monitoring the social posts being publically posted on social media by the girls in Springboro,” according to the press release. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the man and his father, and learned that the man suffers from a mental disability and is autistic.
“The male will have no computer privileges for the foreseeable future,” according to the release and the man is no threat to anyone in Ohio.
Police say there was no criminal activity, so charges will not be filed.
“This investigation highlights the need to ensure our young people are using safe practices when using social media websites. Parents should diligently monitor the use of social media by their children,” said Chief Jeffrey Kruithoff with Springboro Police in the statement. “Children should be instructed to avoid posting any identifying ingfrmation or contact information on a website, adn should not accept any friend requests from people they fo not know.”