Police warning parents about social media dangers following rape arrest

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Police charged a Lebanon County man with rape.

brandon warringtonLebanon County Detectives said 23-year-old Brandon Warrington posed as a 16-year-old on social media to make contact with the girl in November 2015.

Investigators said Warrington sexually assaulted the girl twice in November 2015, both in Cleona Borough, at her home and in the woods near Cleona Playground.

The case has raised questions for parents.

“It’s possible today because social media. You can hide who you really are. That’s why it’s imperative for parents or guardians, or whoever is involved, with the child to know they are on social media,” said Chief Bernard Dugan of Annville Township Police Department.

Chief Dugan said social media sites, like Facebook, make it easier for reported predators to operate.

“It’s not just Facebook now.  Now, you have to learn Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat,” Dugan said.

Dugan said he spent time with his children learning how to use the social media sites. He advised that parents should talk to children about watching what they post online.  Dugan said most websites offer privacy settings to keep children safe and away from trouble.

“You would be surprised what you can really do if you want to look at those privacy settings,” Dugan said.

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