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Facebooking behind bars in Union Parish

Posted: Updated: Dec 3, 2013 10:18 PM

FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News)-Cody Fontenot like any 22-year-old has a Facebook account.

But unlike most 22 year olds Fontenot is behind bars serving time on a burglary conviction and isn't allowed to be actively on social media.

"The legislator in 2011 created a law which is illegal for inmates under D.O.C regulations to be able to have access to social media" says Gates.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates tells us they received a tip from a women last month. Telling them their was a Facebook page that was created and being used by a inmate at the prison.

After investigation they found the tip to be true.

"During the investigation we were able to do a search of the jail cell that he was housed in and we were able to determine and found that phone and two additional phones which had been smuggled into the jail by unknown individuals" says Gates.

Fontenot was using these phones to access the social media site.

Posting status and even posting pictures from inside of his cell.

But Gates says this one discovery has led to many others.

"We were able to determine other individuals in the detention center who also created pages and this investigation is continuing and we do expect other charges and other arrest" says Gates.

So instead of posting how many days until he'll be out of jail and back into the social scene , Fontenot not only can't update his status. But that highly anticipated release date maybe pushed back too.

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