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Union Parish prisoner charged with having Facebook page

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A state prisoner housed at the Union Parish Detention Center has been accused of establishing an account on internet-based social networking websites by an inmate.

The relative new law was passed by the state Legislature in 2011 and applies only to state prisoners.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said a complaint was filed by a southern Louisiana resident who stated that Cody Fontenot, 22, of Port Allen, had established a Facebook page and was posting items during the early morning hours to escape notice.

Fontenot was booked on the misdemeanor charge that carries a penalty of 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine or both.

Gates said that deputies and prison guards conducted a search of the pod where Fontenot is housed and found two cell phones. Inmates are not allowed to have cell phones or other contraband.

The sheriff said other prisoners are under investigation and more arrests are expected.

Fontenot is serving time on a burglary conviction.

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