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Man who had sex with 13-year-old girl banned from Facebook to keep him away from children

By Mason White 6:26 PM February 27, 2017
Lester Packingham
Lester Packingham
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A man of North Carolina, filed a petition with the Supreme Court, claiming that a law that prohibits him from having a Facebook account violates his the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

36-year-old Lester Packingham was ordered to register as a sex offender after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was found guilty taking indecent liberties with a minor. A state law prohibits sex offenders from having a Facebook account in order to keep them away from children.

However, Packingham violated the law, and he had a Facebook account under a different name. Police learned about Packingham’s Facebook account after he bragged about beating a parking ticket in court.

Police investigated the Facebook post and tracked it back to Packingham. Packingham was arrested and charged with illegally having a Facebook account.

He was convicted and received probation.

Now, Packingham wants to overturn the state law banning sex offenders from social media, saying that it violated his right to free speech as those sites hold a vast amount of information and communication opportunities.