Father speaks out over false paedophile Facebook post
** A father has spoken of his ordeal after being wrongly named as a paedophile on Facebook by a disgruntled neighbour.
Luke Chatfield was forced to leave his job, abused in the street and had a panic alarm installed at his home in Sale, Greater Manchester. The father-of-three said his neighbour, Sally Pepper, posted the "evil lies" due to a dispute about her loud music. A police spokesman said Ms Pepper was fined £80 for sending false messages likely to cause distress. Ms Pepper posted the message on a Facebook vigilante site for sex offenders, which has since been removed. She wrote: "I know another one, Luke Chatfield, he works in BBs cafe, Stretford Arndale." Another user then responded with: "Anyone know his house number?" Mr Chatfield only found out when someone told him about it at work.
Eighty pounds seems awfully light for destroying someone's reputation. I hope he at least gets his job back. Some of the "cyberbullying" laws they are trying to pass are too vague but something like this should be a felony.