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17 Year Old Arrested for Threats on Facebook - Thursday, September 16, 2010

On September 16, 2010, the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Feronta Thompson of 123 Marshall Lane Napoleonville, a 17 year old Black Male 11th Grade Student from Assumption High School. He did cooperate with investigators and gave a full confession with respect to the violent threats made on Facebook. He has been charged for Terrorizing, Cyber Stalking, Hate Crime and Theft of Utility Service. Bond has not been set as of the time of this release.

The Sheriff's Office launched an investigation Tuesday night after numerous complaints were received by parents regarding to racially based threats posted on the Facebook website. Because of the violent nature of the threats, several enhanced security measures were put in place. This included students being searched Wednesday and Thursday mornings before being allowed to enter the campus.

The successful conclusion of this investigation was the result of the hard work and efforts of our Detectives working closely with our partners with Louisiana Attorney General's Office High Technology Crime Unit and the Louisiana State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit. Facebook, Yahoo and Charter Communications did cooperate fully with investigators and provided the necessary information, which assisted the investigators in determining the source of the threats.

Anyone with additional information concerning this matter can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 985-526-1627 or Communications Division at 985-369-2912.