San Antonio, TX

#1 Feb 27, 2013
Yes what you post on here is a fraud. Please read the following inofmation and I urge people who are being harrassed to follow through with trying to stop these ridiculous crimes. Let's stop this together. This is not a joke. People are harrsssed over this website everyday. It's sad and it needs to stop. So to all you people who think it's fun to post things about others, beware, you can be found and charged!!

You are essentially Commiting Fraud!!!

According to Texas law, under House Bill 2013, it is illegal for a person to commit fraud by using the name, identity or persona of another individual to create a web page or to post one or more messages on a social networking website. Thus, a person cannot pretend to be someone else to post messages that would be embarrassing or otherwise detrimental to the other person. To convict someone under this law, the prosecution must prove that the offender posted the website or messages that defrauded the victim without permission and with the intent of committing fraud.

Harming Others
Many bullies use the Internet to repeatedly and mercilessly harass and antagonize other kids at their school and this abuse can have devastating effects on the victims. To prevent this, the Texas House Bill 2003 has a provision asserting that it is illegal to harass another person on the Internet or other communication devices. Thus, people in Texas are prohibited from using the Internet and other communication methods to reference another person's name, phone number or domain address for the specific purpose of harming, embarrassing or intimidating that person.

(CE: See References 1 and 2)

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Applications of Law
With new technologies constantly emerging, bullies continue to find ways to manipulate these technologies for the destructive purpose of harming others. Thus, the Internet harassment law does not only apply to social networking websites, such as Facebook, Topix and Myspace, but many other mediums of communication, as well, including e-mail, instant messages and text messages. In Texas, if someone uses any of these communication methods with the intent of defrauding or harming another person, it is a punishable offense.

(CE: See References 1 and 2)

There are a wide range of penalties that can result from cyber-bullying in Texas. According to the bill, the punishments can range from a Class A Misdemeanor to a 3rd degree felony. The specific crime, the extent of the offense and the criminal history of the offender are generally taken into consideration to determine whether the Internet harassment transgression qualifies as a misdemeanor or as a felony. In Texas, the penalties for a person convicted of a misdemeanor violation of the bill is likely to include fines and perhaps community service, while a person convicted of a 3rd degree felony for cyber-bullying or Internet harassment can receive 2 to 10 years in prison.

Odessa, TX

#2 Feb 27, 2013
joe j vila

Hondo, TX

#3 Feb 27, 2013
I TRIED to go to police here in Ptown they did nothing

Odessa, TX

#4 Feb 27, 2013
joe j vila wrote:
I TRIED to go to police here in Ptown they did nothing

Fort Worth, TX

#5 Feb 27, 2013
Ya you're gonna have to push it with Pleasanton PD

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