Man accused of using fake Facebook account to violate protection order
Palermo — A Bangor man who was convicted of domestic violence assault stemming from an incident in Palermo earlier this year now faces a charge of violating a protection order for allegedly contacting the female victim by way of a fictitious Facebook account.
Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said 46-year-old Steven Haver of Bangor was arrested on a probation hold and charged with violating a protection from abuse order.
The investigation into the matter began after the alleged victim called police when she grew suspicious of an ongoing Facebook exchange she'd been having with someone she thought was a long lost friend.
"She had approached law enforcement because there were a few incidents in which she felt [Haver] was trying to contact her through a fictitious Facebook account, and that he was posing as an old high school friend," said Trundy.
Trundy said the victim told police at first the conversations seemed normal enough, but then they grew more "odd" in nature because they always seemed to center around issues relating to her past relationship with Haver.
"She got ahold of us because she thought there was something funny about it," he said.
WCSO Detective Gerry Lincoln and former WCSO Detective Jason Bosco, who now works for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, teamed up to track the origin of the Facebook account in question, a probe Trundy said led the officers back to Haver.
When the detectives questioned Haver about it, Trundy said Haver admitted to creating the fake account for the purposes of contacting the victim.
Haver is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, March 4.