Thaddeus likes Towanna. But Towanna doesn’t like Thaddeus. She so doesn’t like him that when he virtually “liked” her on Facebook, she sicced the cops on him.
RT explains that Thaddeus (last name Matthews) is a radio host in Memphis. Towanna (last name Murphy) used to work at the same station and reportedly had a sexual relationship with Thaddeus. Then something about the arrangement soured. Details are not provided, but the upshot is that Murphy filed a restraining order against Matthews, which he unwittingly violated when he “liked” a video that she posted on her Facebook page.
Murphy for her part snapped a screenshot of the post and took it to the police. They proceeded to arrest Thaddeus (who insists he turned himself in). At his arraignment he was charged with violating a protection order and is now out free on a $1,000 bond.
RT notes that this is the second time in less than a month that a social media-triggered restraining order violation led to an arrest. In a separate account last week, the website notes, a Massachusetts man was busted for sending a Google+ invitation to his ex-girlfriend, who had filed a restraining order against him.
That particular case took an interesting twist when the suspect …, Thomas Gagnon, claimed he never actually sent the invite, and that it was automatically sent by Google.
As for Thaddeus Matthews, RT writes this is not his first brush with the law, nor the first time his social media activity got him in trouble.
In November, he was indicted for publishing a pornographic image that depicts a young child performing a sexual act on an adult male on Facebook. He was officially charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor….
Matthews insists he posted the image to help law enforcement find the man in the picture.
If convicted, Matthews faces between two and 30 years in prison. (The real prison, that is — not the virtual one.)
UPDATE: For those on the fence over whether Thaddeus Matthews got what he deserved, an observation by Joe Newby should help you make up your wind. Joe pointed out to me that in 2012, Matthews launched into a profane and racist tirade at GOP Congressional candidate Charlotte Bergmann, who was a guest on his radio show. Joe has a column on the incident at Examiner if you want to read more.
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