The Rhode Island corrections officer who pled guilty to “use of fraudulent information” after posing as his boss on Facebook won’t get additional jail time.
Mattew LaCroix was arrested last December after it was discovered he set up a fake Facebook page for his boss, A.T. Wall.
According to reports, Facebook took down LaCroix’s page soon after the Department of Corrections notified the social network. Officials discovered the page in August.
LaCroix was fired in March, according to The Providence Journal, for “serious violations of the department’s code of ethics.” The reasons included conduct unbecoming a correctional employee, problems with professional relationships, harassment and dishonesty.
The page misspelled Wall’s name, and under “personal interests’ listed things like SpongeBob SquarePants, milking cows, and quilting. If we were going to roast our boss on Facebook, we could come up with better disses than that.
The state ruled that being fired was punishment enough, and dropped the charges for posting false information and decided to pursue the impersonation charge at a later date.
The newspaper quoted Assistant Attorney General Thomas H. O’Brien, in a letter to John R. Grasso, the lawyer representing LaCroix:
The fact that your client has been terminated as a corrections officer leads to the conclusion that substantial justice has been achieved in the matter.
Grasso argued that the Facebook page created for “A.T. Wal” was clearly meant as a joke, not a serious impersonation.
However, O’Brien said that since it was determined LaCroix created the page on a relatives’ computer without their knowledge, and used a different online name that matched the name of another correctional officer who also happened to be LaCroix’s boss, odds are it wasn’t created just as a satire.
According to the article, O’Brien said:
His efforts to conceal his role in creating the page bear out his awareness of the inappropriateness of his actions at the very least.
Do you think getting fired was enough punishment for LaCroix, or should he have been persecuted for attempted to defame and impersonate Wall?