Social media abuzz in Lake Township after man observed giving boys money and contacting them on social media.

LAKE TWP.  A 46-year-old registered sex offender from Summit County has been giving teenage boys money for rides and games at the recent Uniontown Lions Festival and contacting boys via social media, according to Uniontown Police Chief Mike Batchik.

But by law, Batchik said, the man apparently has neither done nor said anything wrong.

That doesn't mean police aren't watching.

The chief said an investigation sparked by a mother's complaint on Monday continues as reports of suspected impropriety continue to filter through the local social media networks.

The chief received so many reports that he felt compelled to announce the issue on the Uniontown Police Department's Facebook page Wednesday.

 

"We are now aware of the situation and have been in contact with surrounding agencies, school officials/coaches and the FBI. We have reviewed the complaints and spoken to the prosecutor's office. At this point have not found anything illegal with his actions. However, we are disturbed and concerned by these complaints and are continuing to investigate this issue," Batchik wrote.

He asked that parents monitor their children's social media accounts and stay aware of their communications.

"We do understand everyone's concern, as we are also concerned," Batchik said.

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