NOVI, Mich. (CBS) Numerous teenage girls and their parents in three southeast Michigan communities are feeling exposed, outraged and powerless, after hundreds of pictures of the girls - scantily clad - were posted to a Facebook account without their permission. The account is registered to a man in the Middle East, say police.
More than two hundred photos of girls in bathing suits and bikinis were posted to an account with a username "Salem Issa," reports Detroit station WXYZ. Apparently the user appropriated the teens' pictures by simply copying and pasting them directly from the girls' own Facebook profiles, says the station.
A parent of one teen who is pictured told WXYZ that most of the girls shown attend either Novi High School or Ladywood, a private Catholic girls school in Livonia. Novi and Livonia are western suburbs of Detroit.
The parent, who requested anonymity, said her daughter and the girl's friends fear for their safety.
A parent who told the station about "Salem Issa" said originally his age was listed as 40 on his Facebook profile, but it was changed to 26.
The principal of Ladywood High School sent a letter to parents and guardians, saying the person identified on the Facebook account as Salem Issa has "been trying to befriend young girls by being very pushy and insistent." The letter from Sister Mary Ann Smith continues: "Unfortunately, when our girls saw a friend from Ladywood they felt it was okay to become his friend and now have learned that he certainly is not a friend."Smith says the school has been in touch with local authorities to investigate.
The principal also says the school has consistently taught "the dangers of internet sites."
According to WXYZ, police in Wyandotte, Mich., another Detroit suburb, investigated similar complaints several weeks ago after parents and students at Roosevelt High School expressed concern. Chief Daniel Grant said his department subpoenaed Facebook and Hotmail and discovered that the account of Salem Issa and a second account, belonging to an Issa Saleh, were both registered in Saudi Arabia.
Grant says there is no criminality associated with the re-posting of the photos, though Facebook did take down one of the accounts.