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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 sheriffâ€™s deputy found the manâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
â€śItâ€™s to keep them from attracting kids,â€ť Fish said. â€śSome of (the sex offenders) have more restrictions than others, and there could be additional restrictions.â€ť
Fish said the sheriffâ€™s office sex offender registry officer monitors websites for possible violations. The officer was able to positively identify Dorsey on the Facebook page.
â€śThatâ€™s the purpose of the program is to make him follow the policies that are outlined in the law,â€ť Fish said. â€śIf 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.â€ť
The sex offender registry officer took out a warrant on Dorsey that was served during the weekend, Fish said.
â€śIt falls under the responsibility of the sheriffâ€™s office, and then we have an officer who deals with just sex offenders,â€ť Fish said.