Friday, October 9, 2009

Paralegal Uses Social Media Skills to Get Arrested

I spend a lot of time touting the benefits of social media for paralegals, and am even going to California next week to present on this very subject to the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. So when I see a news story about a paralegal busted for being an alleged Internet predator (part of a round-up of other alleged Internet predators, including a man accused of propositioning his own teenage daughter on Facebook), I categorize him as a worst case example of using social media to kill your career, unless your goal is to be a felon.

WFMZ-TV Online is reporting that Pennsylvania paralegal Timothy Gehres has been charged with "10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a computer", after allegedly sending webcam videos of himself engaging in unclothed and illegal activities in front of his computer. Thank goodness he sent them to two undercover agents and not teenage girls.

When I tell paralegals to hone their computer, technology and social media skills, this is not what I have in mind.

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