Man accused of stalking teen on Formspring

William Kearns

Palos Heights Man Stalked Stagg High Girl on the Web, Cops Say:

I knew it would be only a matter of time before someone used Formspring for nefarious purposes. For those of you who don’t know what Formspring is it is a social networking site set up basically for the purpose of you answering questions from people. You can see mine as an example here. By the way, if you do ask me a question on Formspring the odds of me giving a serious answer are slim to none and Slim just left. The reason for that is unlike most teens and sadly a lot of adults I like to protect my privacy.

Which brings us to our story. 55-year-old William Kearns of Palos Heights, Illinois was arrested for allegedly stalking a 16-year-old girl by using Formspring. Police say Kearns sent suggestive messages to the girl on Formspring and set up a meeting with the girl at an ice cream shop. Kearns allegedly posed as a student of the girl’s high school on Formspring. Kearns’ son also attends the same school. I bet he’s real proud of dad now. And to make it all better Kearns is out on bond.

So now parents and police have yet another social networking site to be wary of. I’ve also heard tales of kids being harassed by other kids on Formspring as well. I don’t blame Formspring. It can be pretty fun if used properly but like most things in our society it isn’t.