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Tennessee man arrested for Facebook 'like'

Published time: January 17, 2014 18:47
Thaddeus Matthews.(Photo from

Thaddeus Matthews.(Photo from

A radio host in Memphis, Tennessee, was placed in handcuffs on Tuesday after he “liked” a Facebook post made by a woman who had previously filed a restraining order against him.

The incident occurred when a woman named Towanna Murphy posted a video on Facebook. Talk radio host Thaddeus Matthews, who used to work with Murphy and reportedly had a sexual relationship with her, “liked” the update, leading her to snap screenshots of the post and head to the police.

According to local Fox affiliate WHBQ in Memphis, 56-year-old Matthews claims he turned himself in to authorities, but either way police agreed with Murphy, arrested him, and charged him with violating a protection order. Matthews is now free after posting a $1,000 bond.

This isn’t the first time Matthews has had a run-in with the law, however, nor is it the first time his social media activity has landed him in hot water.

In November, he was indicted for publishing a pornographic image that depicts a young child performing a sexual act on an adult male on Facebook. He was officially charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Memphis-based publication The Commercial Appeal.

For his part, Matthews claims he only posted the image in order to help law enforcement discover the identity of the man depicted in the picture. He added that an unnamed woman sent him the photo multiple times.

If convicted, Matthews faces anywhere between two and 30 years in prison.

This marks the second time in less than a month that a social media-triggered restraining order violation has led to an arrest. Just last week, reports surfaced that a Massachusetts man was arrested and placed behind bars for sending a Google+ invitation to his ex-girlfriend despite the fact that she had a restraining order against him.

That particular case took an interesting twist when the suspected individual, Thomas Gagnon, claimed he never actually sent the invite, and that it was automatically sent by Google.

Of course, Google also recently sparked controversy with its decision to allow any Google+ user to email a Gmail user, regardless of whether or not they know their email address.

Comments (11)


Blond Vest 13.02.2014 23:38

Part 2 - ON the other hand, the guy knew he was under court order and it appears that he clicked like hoping she would see it thereby letting her know he was watching most likely sending hills along the spine of the victim. BUT the most important thing to consider beyond the stalkn is that he had posted child p-rn. Why isn't he in jail for that? If he had been facing the penalty for the child p-rn crime, then he would not have been able to like the video in the first place.
Crimes being committed would not have happened if the person had been jailed for a previous crime. Wake up people criminals are roaming free.


Blond Vest 13.02.2014 23:33

Part 1 - It still appears that she was looking for him in order to get him in trouble as she did not block or unfriend him on Facebook. She had to know it was him as she immediately, as stated above took snapshots and called the police. Stalking is not fun. However, one should not instigate trouble by being in the same groups on the internet or elsewhere knowing the person is stalking them. Anyhow, we only know what the article states or implies. As always, we are never informed of the entire truth.


Chris Riley 19.01.2014 18:41

Next time you see someone who has a restraining order on you. Block them. Hopefully the law will not find out you blocked them .

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