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UPDATE: Convicted Sex Offender at Center of Social Media, OSU Football Firestorm

By: WSAZ News Staff, Randy Yohe Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Randy Yohe Email

UPDATE 5/14/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An Ashland man arrested on a charge of not meeting the terms of the Kentucky Sexual Offender Registry has been indicted by a Boyd County Grand Jury.

Kentucky State Police arrested Charles Eric Waugh, 31, last week after prosecutors say he illegally used, and abused, social media.
Monday, Waugh was indicted on the same charge.

In 2008, Waugh pleaded guilty to having child pornography in his computer -- and was put on probation.

Prosecutors say Waugh violated his parole by failing to disclose his Facebook, Twitter and email aliases to his parole officer.

The issue came to light when a prized Ohio State recruit's father saw his son in a picture posted by Waugh.

According to prosecutors, a registered sex offender can't use social media -- period.

Waugh says he wasn't told not to use social media. Prosecutors say yes, he was.

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UPDATE 5/8/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) -- A local convicted sex offender went back to jail on Monday. Police and prosecutors say he illegally used -- and abused -- social media.

Eric Waugh says he’s been a buckeye fan since he was a teenager.

But back in 2008, OSU football fan Eric Waugh pleaded guilty to having child pornography in his computer -- and was put on probation.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Boyd County resident violated his parole by failing to disclose his Facebook, Twitter and email aliases to his parole officer.

According to prosecutors, a registered sex offender can't use social media -- period.

Waugh's highlighted contacts are Ohio State football players and recruits.

“Minors have access to social media, so he is not to be on social media at all,” Prosecutor Jason Greer said.

“I sent motivational and inspiration quotes,” Waugh said.

Waugh says he wasn't told not to use social media. Prosecutors say yes, he was.

Waugh says his handle isn't an alias but a well known user name -- and in his thinking -- his tweets were legal.

“Twittering is like texting, and texting is allowed by anybody -- even felons,” explained Waugh.

The issue came to light when a prized Ohio State recruit's father saw his son in a picture posted by Waugh.

Kentucky law says sex offenders can't have social media contact with anyone under 18. Waugh says the picture was taken in a bar for 18 and over. That Buckeye recruit is now reviewing his options.

Waugh says he was forced into the child porn plea -- and a polygraph proves he was down loading music and got hacked. Prosecutors say Waugh admitted in court that he did download child pornography.

According to Waugh, his Buckeye social networking was harmless, but police say it may socialize him to prison.

Ohio State alerted more than 1,000 of its student athletes about Charles Eric Waugh and his social networking -- calling this a "student-athlete welfare issue."

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/7/12
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An Ashland man was arrested Monday on computer-related charges to not meeting the terms of the Kentucky Sexual Offender Registry, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

Charles Eric Waugh, 31, was arrested at the Boyd Count Detention Center and charged with one count of failure to comply with the sexual offender registry.

Waugh allegedly failed to disclose to Probation and Parole the Internet communication name identities he was using. The investigation revealed Waugh had Twitter, Facebook, and email accounts under an alias name.

Kentucky State Police were contacted by Probation and Parole in regards to Waugh being non-compliant with the terms of the Sexual Offender Registry.


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