Man sentenced for sending Facebook friend request to sex victim

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WENTWORTH, N.C. (WGHP)— A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 66-89 months in prison Thursday after officials said he sent a Facebook “friend request” to one of his victims.

Victor Terrell Gaston, 36, of Reidsville, pleaded guilty to one count of using social media as a sex offender in Rockingham Superior Court. Judge Stuart Albright sentenced his as a habitual offender.

Officials say Gaston sent the request on July 4, exactly 10 years after the offense occurred in 2001. Gaston had been ordered to not have contact with the victim.

Gaston was arrested three days after sending the request. Officers said he had been using Facebook for about two weeks.

Gaston had been a registered sex offender since November 26, 2003. He has previously been convicted of charges involving assault, larceny, indecent liberties with a child and burglary.

Rockingham County Chief Assistant District Attorney Julia Wolf Hejazi said it is important to keep sex offenders away from social media websites.

“Victims of sexual assaults have a right to be left alone, and this law helps to protect their privacy,” Hejazi said, in a press release.

Click here to view the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

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