Matthew Backhouse

Matthew Backhouse is an APNZ journalist based in Auckland.

Internet ban over Facebook charges

A picture posted under the fake Facebook profile of 'Nick Davis'. The person who set up the profile sent messages with a 'sexual undertone' to girls. Photo / Supplied
A picture posted under the fake Facebook profile of 'Nick Davis'. The person who set up the profile sent messages with a 'sexual undertone' to girls. Photo / Supplied

A 20-year-old Hutt Valley man has been ordered off the internet after allegedly inappropriately contacting young girls on a social networking website.

The man, who has been granted interim name suppression, appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court today facing two charges.

Police say the man threatened to disclose naked pictures of an 11-year-old girl if she stopped communicating with him, as well as travelling to the girl with the intent of committing a crime.

Judge Ian Mill bailed the man to his home, but ordered he stay away from the internet and not permit anyone else to use the internet on his behalf. He was also ordered not to contact the complainants.

The man was arrested yesterday after allegedly using fake Facebook profiles to send inappropriate messages to at least two young girls.

Police investigated after a girl in the Hutt Valley area laid a complaint last week.

The man had allegedly created at least three fictitious profiles to send the messages, which Detective Kylee Cusin said had "a sexual undertone".

One of the profiles was under the false name of Nick Davis and featured a fake photo.

Ms Cusin said two teenagers had laid complaints and it was more than likely the offender had contacted others.

Police have called for any young women who have been inappropriately contacted by "Nick Davis" on Facebook to get in touch.

Wellington police spokesman Nick Bohm said police had identified a number of profiles allegedly belonging to the man.

"When you look at the number of people that those profiles are in contact with, there's a potential pool there that is quite concerning."

- APNZ

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