William C. Bennett – Facebook Prohibits Sex Offenders – Clean it up or risk investigation

A convicted child molestor had his Facebook profile deleted Friday as the social media site enforced its policy restricting access to convicted sex offenders.

William C. Bennett, 48, served 14 months of a four-year sentence for sexual battery and telephone harassment after admitting to inappropriate relationships with six male students while he was a counselor at Firestone High School. He was released from prison in July, 2000.

Bennett is a tier three sex offender, the most serious classification, which requires him to register his whereabouts every 90 days for life.

Earlier this year, Facebook adopted a new policy prohibiting sex offenders from having profiles and deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 known sex offenders.

Anchor Eric Mansfield learned of Bennett’s Facebook profile when a Channel 3 viewer sent Bennett’s name to Eric as a “friend suggestion”; Eric contacted Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander who ordered an immediate investigation.

“This is a major concern,” said Sheriff Drew Alexander. “It’s a major priority. Anybody that’s assaulted anybody. We will be on top of this before the day is over.”

Alexander dispatched a deputy to go to Bennett’s North Akron home and talk to him about the profile, which appears to have been created in the last few days and included basic information on Bennett’s education and family.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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