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Social media a new dilemma for law enforcers

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) -- The use of social media is forcing changes in Indiana law as police and prosecutors deal with comments on sites like Facebook.

A law taking effect July 1 makes it a crime to use social media sites to post threats.

David Powell of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council tells The Times in Munster that lawmakers expanded the intimidation statute to include social media after a person posted plans to shoot up a Hancock County hospital. Prosecutors couldn't make a case because an individual wasn't threatened.

The new law makes it a class D felony if a social media threat targets a school, hospital or church employee and a class C felony if it targets prosecutors or court officials or interferes with the occupancy of a public building.

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