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Man's alleged social media activity leads to lawsuit

Nowadays, an impressive number of people are active on various social media websites. Unfortunately, all sorts of problems can arise and many people have found themselves in hot water over their online behavior. Sometimes, people are falsely accused of harassment, stalking, theft, bullying or another type of online offense. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, and across America, online crimes can carry serious consequences that will virtually destroy an individual's life, regardless of whether or not they were actually guilty in the first place.

A woman recently filed a lawsuit against a man who was responsible for investigating a death that some claim was the result of cyber bullying. The investigator has been put on leave after allegedly sharing content on a social media site that was not appropriate.

A county spokesperson said that an investigation is underway to see if the man is responsible for unfitting online behavior, which reportedly included his multiple posts that were sexual in nature. One month ago, a woman who worked as a firefighter committed suicide, which some claim was the result of cyber bullying.

Whether a person's online activity is blown out of proportion or blatantly untrue and based on false allegations, the ramifications of being charged with an internet crime can permanently change their life. Furthermore, some people are not even aware that certain types of online behavior are against the law. For people who are dealing with these types of accusations firsthand, consulting an attorney who is well-versed in handling internet crime cases may be a wise decision.

Source: WTOP, "Chief: Fairfax Co. Fire misconduct investigator placed on leave for online posts," Michelle Basch, May 13, 2016

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