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Idaho State Police clear sheriff's office in Facebook controversy

No criminal wrongdoing found in exchanges between deputy, Pullman man who committed suicide

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:00 am

The Idaho State Police reports it found no criminal wrongdoing in its investigation into the Latah County Sheriff's Office's use of its Facebook page to message a 19-year-old Pullman man wanted by the county court. The man committed suicide a few days later.

Sheriff Wayne Rausch requested the state police investigation following the June 23 death of Andrew Cain. It sparked an online battle between those lobbing blame at his administration for Cain's suicide. Some focused on what they called harassing private messages between the teen and a deputy sergeant, and others who defended the department. Rausch said the animosity on the site caused him to delete his office's Facebook page days after Cain's death.

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