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Texas Woman Who Outed UC Officer Charged with Retaliation

October 16, 2012  | 

A North Texas woman has been charged with retaliation after being accused of posting an undercover police officer's photo on Facebook and identifying him by his job.

Mesquite Police arrested Melissa Walthall, 30. Authorities said the officer recently testified in a drug case against a friend of Walthall's. Her Facebook post identified the person as an undercover officer, according to a federal affidavit.

After a caller tipped off Mesquite police about the Facebook post about a week ago, an investigator found that it posed a "viable threat to that officer's safety," the affidavit said.

Read the full Austin American Statesman story.

Tags: Retaliation, Undercover Investigations, Social Media, Mesquite (Texas) PD


Comments (6)

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Yardcop @ 10/16/2012 8:36 PM

Peace officers and military service members both need to monitor their activities, comments, and pics online and on social media sites.

naynaybeme @ 10/17/2012 3:10 AM

He did know it was out there. It was on her page. You can't possible monitor what you are not aware of.

Bob @ VA @ 10/17/2012 4:58 AM

LEOs and deployable military should never post anything online, especially pictures, that may compromise their position or safety. Facebook is not a required part of our existence. We did quite nicely without it for thousands of years. People need to use some common sense. Once you put something out on the Net, it's out there forever. What the woman did was malicious, but the officer set himself up by posting pictures of himself for all to use. We have no control over what others do with what we post online. As an LEO, he should have known that and eschewed posting on Facebook.

S.S @ 10/17/2012 7:30 AM

Bad idea to post your information on facebook or any other social network. Hopefully these outstanding citizens get a stiff sentence or big fine.

warrior @ 10/17/2012 10:32 AM

read the story before posting the UC was doing his job and he posted nothing on face book about What has happened with this world the good guys get persecuted

TripWire @ 10/18/2012 8:21 AM

@Warrior
No YOU read the story before posting!! Including the linked one! The woman got his picture off of his Facebook page and then reposted it on her own page. The comments made are concerning the fact that a UC should necessarily be careful about posting personal pics, think OPSEC. Anybody in a sensitive position needs to be very careful how they use social media sites but no one here is making him out to be a bad guy. Use your damn brain dude.

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