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17-year-old boy as a cyber criminal

Date: September 05, 2006

A 17-year-old Grand Junction boy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of posing as a Fruita Monument High School teacher and sending inappropriate messages to other students via a popular networking Web site, according to an official with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Linda Bowman, spokeswoman for the Police Department, told The Daily Sentinel on Friday the boy had been cited on suspicion of felony criminal libel, felony criminal impersonation and misdemeanor computer crime after an investigation linked him to a series of inappropriate messages received by Fruita Monument students in July.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger confirmed his office had received the summons request from the Grand Junction Police Department on Friday morning and would start reviewing the case next week.

Based on what he knew about the police investigation, Hautzinger said he expected to formally file charges against the minor.

The minor was a student of 44-year-old Fruita Monument science teacher and softball coach Billy Johnson. The Grand Junction boy, whom police did not identify, is suspected of creating a fake profile using pictures and information from Johnson’s legitimate profile.
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