Sex offender charged for using Facebook

Authorities arrested a Claremont man on Saturday after they caught the convicted sex offender using a social media website unlawfully.

Andrew Dorsey, 23, of 2895 Wilderness Trace in Claremont, was arrested and charged with felony use of a social website by a sex offender after a Catawba County sheriff’s deputy found the man’s personal Facebook page.

Dorsey was given a secured bond of $4,000, but was not in jail as of press time Wednesday.

Sex offenders in North Carolina are prohibited from maintaining social networking websites, said Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish.

“It’s to keep them from attracting kids,” Fish said. “Some of (the sex offenders) have more restrictions than others, and there could be additional restrictions.”

Fish said the sheriff’s office sex offender registry officer monitors websites for possible violations. The officer was able to positively identify Dorsey on the Facebook page.

“That’s the purpose of the program is to make him follow the policies that are outlined in the law,” Fish said. “If they move to another area, to make sure they are following up with their restrictions. The law has the intent of preventing further sex offenses.”

The sex offender registry officer took out a warrant on Dorsey that was served during the weekend, Fish said.

“It falls under the responsibility of the sheriff’s office, and then we have an officer who deals with just sex offenders,” Fish said.