Columbia County Facebook probe continues

Columbia County authorities said today that they are a step closer to identifying the person who created a suspected fake Facebook page that implied a Lakeside High student lied during a teacher’s dismissal hearing.

The page on the social networking site was created under the name Avery Hill, who testified last month to the Columbia County school board that a teacher helped him and other students cheat on a math test.  The page was created June 9, the day after a hearing in which school board members voted to uphold the termination of Lakeside High special education teacher Margaret Mudrak.

Police recently received records subpoenaed from Facebook in an attempt to track the IP and e-mail addresses used to create the page, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Now, investigators have subpoenaed records from www.hotmail.com, the e-mail service provider used by the person who created the Facebook page, he said.

Morris would not speculate who created the fake page.

After testifying against Mudrak, the page purporting to be from 16-year-old Hill claimed that he lied on the stand to get her fired.

Hill denied any role in the posting, and school system officials said they believed the page had been “spoofed.” Hill’s guardian later filed a police report, noting that Hill had been threatened because of the posting.

 

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

 

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