Sunday, May 26, 2013
Ohio man fights Facebook FALSE accusations of rape
Just because it is on the Internet, it must be true, right?
Facebook is already a cancer on society. It is almost like the Stanford Prison Experiment on a grand scale; it has brought out the worst humanity has to offer. These are getting quite commonplace. At some point, you have probably seen a post similar to this: "Please share this, _____ is a child molester/ rapist/ sex offender/ pedophile, etc., and he got away with it/ is wanted by the cops, etc." People buy it hook, line and sinker.
At least in this instance, the allegation was proven FALSE. Apparently the post was made by a jaded ex-lover. But in the meantime, the man was harassed by cops and was in fear for his life. He was even slammed by a pig cop who didn't even fact check his own NCIC database before attacking the man. But the registry is such a "much needed" tool, people claim. Utter BS!
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Chad Lesko says being threatened by a total stranger was his first clue something wasn't right. "I was walking at Highland Park yesterday, a guy comes up to me and said, ‘You shouldn't be around here, this is a kids' area, you're a rapist.' I'm like, ‘Excuse me, no I'm not.'"
On Monday, someone posting as Nicole McCarthy posted on Facebook Lesko's picture, saying, "He's wanted by Toledo Police for 4 counts of rape. He raped three little girls and his own son." It's a serious allegation which Lesko says isn't true. "My girlfriend told me it was on Facebook," he said. "I was like, ‘Okay, what's going on? Send me the link.' Then my friend told me about it, too, so I went to the link. I was like, ‘This is not true.'"
While Toledo Police say Lesko is not wanted on rape charges, that one post has been shared more than 20,000 times. "This is crazy, I'm scared to even walk down the street now because all of the drama that's been going on," he said. According to Lesko, Nicole McCarthy is a fake account set up by the mother of his son, and he's hoping to clear his name and put this in the past.
"It's getting aggravating because I'm trying to live my life, I'm not trying to do anything bad, I've changed my life around."
Viral Facebook Post Alleges Man Is a Wanted Rapist, But He's Not
Earlier this week, Toledo resident Chad Lesko was walking around a local park when an angry stranger approached the 23-year-old and told him he had to leave. “He just walks up to me and says, ‘You’re not allowed in this park because you’re a rapist,’” Lesko recalled yesterday over the phone. “I’m like, ‘No, I’m not!’”
What Lesko didn’t know was that a Facebook post accusing him of being a wanted child molester had gone viral. Except the allegations weren't true. Lesko was not wanted by the Toledo Police for anything.
A Juggalo who started attending church about eight months ago, Lesko went to a meeting there and someone called the authorities. "The church people had seen my picture on Facebook, so then the cops showed up and ran my name, but I had nothing come up," he told me. "When I was on the way home, I had another cop stop me and actually slam me to the ground because he thought I was wanted."
The Nicole McCarthy profile, a dummy page created by Lesko's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son (who confessed to posting the slanderous accusation on a local radio show), came down on Wednesday, but only after the false accusation had more than 30,000 shares.
“It really pisses me off because I would never do that," Lesko said. "I was abused as a child and beaten as a child and I’m really against that. If you have to put your hands on a child, that’s the lowest way to go.”