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Facebook Friend Turns into Local Police Arrest

A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student made a bad decision: he accepted a friend request from someone he didn't know. He received the request a month ago, and almost didn't accept the offer. However, he told the La Crosse Tribune that the stranger was "a good-looking girl," and accepted this particular query for no apparent reason (other than the obvious).

The student, 19-year-old Adam Bauer, quickly discovered that the friend request was a setup, and eventually found himself at the police station staring down at Facebook photos of himself with a beer bottle in his hand. Thanks to the social website, he was ticketed for underage drinking and forced to pay a $227 fine.

"I just can’t believe it," he said after pleading no contest to the charges last Wednesday. "I feel like I’m in a science fiction movie, like they are always watching. When does it end?"

Unfortunately, it won't end according to law enforcement, claiming it's evolving with technology. In fact, Bauer was one of at least eight students busted by the local authorities for sporting underage drinking on Facebook; they too pleaded no contest in court. One student even protested that the Facebook tactic was a breach of privacy, however La Crosse police officer Al Iverson pointed out that social networking sites are used to catch sexual predators as well.

"It has to happen," he said, referring to using the current technological tools. "It is a necessity--not just for underage drinking."

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