May 29, 2013
Durham man challenges law on sex offenders and social networking sites
"The Facebook post used to incriminate Lester Packingham
"Basically, Facebook was another way for me to tell people about God, and how good he is," Lester Packingham Jr. says.
On April 27, 2010, Lester Gerard Packingham Jr., a 29-year-old Durham resident and registered sex offender who had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl when he was 21, logged onto his Facebook account with his username, "J.r. Gerrard."
"Man God is Good!" he wrote on his profile page near his photo. In it, he posed as a blinged-out, fedora-topped model in art class spoof from college. "How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started. No fine. No court cost, no nothing spent ... Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks, JESUS!"
Packingham knew using Facebook was a felony in North Carolina—the result of a 2008 law barring registered sex offenders from accessing any social networking site. Violators can be sentenced to up to a year in prison.""