Green Bay to test Facebook for sex-offender alerts

Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 11:00 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Green Bay will be testing whether Facebook postings are an effective way to notify residents if a registered sex offender is moving into their neighborhoods.

A Press-Gazette Media report says for the next six months, police will use their department's Facebook page for notifications. They'll post notices whenever the Sex Offender Residency Board is scheduled to hear a local case.

The issue arose last summer when a convicted sex offender was granted permission to move into an east-side neighborhood. Aldermen Jerry Wiezbiskie complained that residents weren't given enough advance notice of the man's request.

The City Council on Tuesday night directed police and the City Attorney's office to test out the new notification process.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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