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October 8th, 2010

Being friends on the popular social networking site Facebook may cause more trouble for two Minnesota teens charged with nursing home abuse.

The teens were charged two years ago with sexually abusing and spitting on disabled residents at the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

The two were court ordered to not have any contact with each other but have since been friends on Facebook. Although it hasn’t been determined if the two have had direct contact, Police detectives are investigating the matter to determine if being able to view each other’s posts will interfere with the case.

In January, when one of the teens posted a $6,000 bond, one of the conditions was “no contact with co-defendants.”

“They can’t be in contact,” Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said. “They can’t be in communication. [Being friends on Facebook] becomes a real issue the criminal justice system and the court system has to look at.”


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