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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Woman convicted over false Facebook post

A South Hutchinson woman who posted comments on Facebook falsely suggesting a Nickerson teacher was a child predator -- while the educator was actually providing foster care for the woman’s son -- was convicted Monday in an online harassment case that may be one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Magistrate Cheryl Allen found Melissa Wadkins guilty of two counts of harassment by a telecommunications device and two counts of criminal false communication, exposing another to public hatred, contempt or ridicule. Allen’s ruling followed a bench trial, during which the woman, the teacher and her son all testified.

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