Desperately seeking FaceBook nude photos poster

The teenage girl reportedly behind the posting of naked photos of St Kilda AFL football player Nick Riewoldt on her FaceBook page remains unrepentant and un-contactable. The teenage girl is believed to have taken a number of digital photos from the laptop of a fellow St Kilda player Sam Gilbert and then posted them on FaceBook. She has told reporters that she has further photos and will post them at a later time.

Lawyers representing the football players and St Kilda club have taken civil legal action to prevent the teenage girl and FaceBook publishing these photos. This has taken effect but the teenager has responded via other sites such as Ustream and also made tweets from her Twitter account that she won’t be bound by these restrictions.

As the teenager is thought to be interstate, the lawyers took the novel step of posting details of the Federal Court action on the Ustream site after she used it earlier in the day. The teenager claims that she had not been made aware of the action or restrictions in talks with journalists – whether the court will take a different view is another matter.

This raises the real issue of the differences between the online and offline worlds when parties are in dispute and enforcing legal actions or judgments on perpetrators or witnesses. The lawyers have also tried sending details of the court actions to her and her father’s email addresses – but proving that this made it through to the teenage girl will be very difficult.

The lawyers are unable to use the resources of the Police to track down the teenage girl as they have viewed the matter as a civil dispute and not a criminal event. It is not known whether or not they have engaged an investigator to find her whereabouts but that would be a smart move under such circumstances.

An experienced investigator should be able to identify her whereabouts and serve and court papers so as to take away the claim that she’s unaware of any actions. The usual response from a party once they have been located and served is to quickly reassess their situation and move to communicating with the lawyers directly – court papers have a sobering effect on most people.

Whatever the result in court over the next few days and the effectiveness of the restrictions on publishing the photos, terrible damage has already been done to the AFL code and St Kilda in particular. Locating and communicating directly with an aggrieved party is an effective tool in dealing with sensitive matters that are best handled passively rather than online in the glare of the media.

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Police use FaceBook to serve intervention order on people they can’t find

Australian Police have taken the unusual step of serving an intervention order via social networking site FaceBook. The order seeks to ban the accused cyber-stalker from bullying, threatening or intimidating another internet user.

In the Australian first, the Police Constable had a video shot of him reading out the interim intervention order to the accused person, as if he was directly speaking to the individual and then made to serve the order.

The order, with an explanation plus contact details for the Police and the Court were typed up and sent in private messages to the person’s FaceBook account.

The complaint arose after a woman claimed that her former boyfriend had harassed and bullied her via their FaceBook accounts. The woman felt intimidated and made a report to the Police.

The boyfriend had been the subject of an earlier intervention order but this had lapsed when the woman was re-contacted by her former boyfriend via her FaceBook account. The Police sought to physically locate the boyfriend but could not find him at his last known address or place of work. Efforts to track him via his FaceBook account indicated he was in Australia.

This new and innovative approach to serving the intervention order was upheld by a magistrate despite the former boyfriend not attending court in person. The order also required the former boyfriend to remove his FaceBook profile.

However, initially the Police could not be certain that the boyfriend had read the private messages though it was confirmed that the video had not been viewed. When the Police did manage to locate the boyfriend he confirmed he had read the FaceBook messages.

The Police expect having to use the internet and social networking sites to locate, contact and warn offenders in the future especially when the offence has been committed online.

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How to disappear – but not pseudocide

Most of us at one time or another has wished we could simply disappear. To walk away and not be followed by those irritating phone calls, SMS messages, emails, FaceBook alerts and utility bills! The wish is usually fleeting and we return to getting on with our lives.

However, for some people this desire advances beyond the daydreaming and the need to disappear becomes reality. The reasons for needing to disappear vary but generally include being the victim of stalking, suffering an abusive relationship, avoiding notoriety, involvement in criminal activities or fleeing creditors and legal action.

For those who are serious with wanting to disappear, there is an expert named Frank Ahern who operates the website http://www.frankahearn.com.  Frank Ahern comes to this subject from a unique perspective – he has spent over twenty years as a skip tracer based in New York and is one of the best in the business.

Frank Ahern has spent years learning to how trace missing and disappeared people via the various footprints that they leave behind – frequent flyer accounts, utility bills, old e-mail addresses etc. Frank Ahern found that there was also a demand for legitimate people wanting to relocate to another part of the US and erase their history to avoid the jealous ex-partner or workplace stalker.

Frank Ahern has noted that the biggest mistake that people make when trying to disappear is to walk away leaving things up in the air. Instead, Frank Ahern counsels that the act of disappearing should be some months long process of tying up loose ends, covering the tracks and, most importantly, sowing false leads as to where they may have gone. If the jealous ex-partner thinks that the individual has taken a teaching job in Italy, they will expend their efforts searching in Italy whilst the individual rebuilds their life in Austin, Texas.

Some people misunderstand the service that Frank Ahern provides and ask him `to help fake their deaths’! This act is commonly referred to as `pseudocide’ and became even more notorious after UK man John Darwin swindled ₤250,000 from insurance companies after faking his death in a supposed canoeing accident. Darwin and his wife, Anne Darwin, were eventually found out and sentenced to six years each. Frank Ahern refuses to have anything to do with such requests as they are clearly illegal.

As a cheaper alternative to engaging Frank Ahern, he is the author of a book titled `How to Disappear and Fall Off the Grid’ which can be downloaded from his website for around S$25. Reader discretion is strongly advised!

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