Police Turn To Facebook To Identify Men Wanted For Sex Crimes

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Wichita police are asking for help identifying two men wanted for committing sex crimes in public places.

The department posted the men's pictures on Facebook Monday. It was the first time Wichita police have turned to social media to help solve a sex crime.

Police say dealing with crimes that are sexual in nature is different, they have to be more careful about what they say.

Since WPD joined Facebook in 2009, the site has become one of their best crime fighting tools.

“It's very effective, the fact that we are able to get feedback from citizens when we put anything out there and what be began to do and see good results from, is putting wanted people out there,” Lt. Doug Nolte with the Wichita police Department.

Scroll down their Facebook page and you'll see a lot of wanted faces for burglaries, robberies, but until now they have never posted people wanted for sex crimes.

“I think that we've probably two or three cases that we could have, we just decided the timing wasn't right,” Lt. Nolte said.

Police say the two men they posted pictures of are accused of committing crimes of a sexual nature in public. Both incidents happened in east Wichita. However, police won't say what crimes the men are accused of, only that they are not accused of rape.

Police say one reason for staying vague is revealing too much, too soon could hurt their case.

“It really can, it can hurt our case if we give away too much but the second thing is if we get them identified and they are in court, that they get a fair trial,” Lt. Nolte said.

So for now, they are asking people not to focus on what the two men are accused of doing but to focus on their faces.

If you recognize the two men seen on WPD's Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/WichitaPolice , you're asked to call either Detective Goward at 268-4157 or Detective Diehl at 352-4841.


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