Claim: A convicted sex offender named Herb Carlyle is using social media sites to interact with children.
|TRUE: An individual named Herbert A. Carlyle is listed on a sex offender registry in Michigan.
|UNDETERMINED: Herb Carlyle is using social media services in an attempt to interact inappropriately with children.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, March 2015]
If you have children with facebook, make sure that Herb Carlyle is not on their page! He has 4 accounts that i have found, and has hundreds of little girls on all pages. He is a predator, asking girls where they live!
Since its appearance on a Port Huron page on
The post spread so prolifically that other users began to complain about it:
If I learned anything today it's that Herb Carlyle is a pedophile on Facebook. If I seen that dudes pic once I seen it 100 times
— Wesley Johnson (@Wesleyj_14) March 30, 2015
While the original claim certainly inspired social media users to get the word out, the post was light on checkable facts. It appears
that a man named Herbert Albert Carlyle was indeed convicted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan in 1998, but the details of those
crimes are not available to us yet. Presumably as a reqeuirement of his release, Carlyle was listed on a local sex offender registry.
It's worth noting that the counts with which Carlyle was charged and convicted are ones colloquially known as statutory rape. The specific statute cited on the registry entry references assaults involving a child
between 13 and 16 years of age, and public records indicate that the incident occurred when Carlyle was 20 or 21 years old.
The warning began with a single user's uncorroborated claim on
of minors made by the original poster or any other individuals. The original poster later elaborated as to why she shared the images:
This is not my ex, or anyone i know personally. This creep found my 13 yr old daughters facebook, that she opened in school behind my back, within hours of her opening it, and proceeded to tell her how beautiful she is, and ask her where she lives, and goes to school! He is a 37 yr old convicted sex offender in the 3rd degree, which means he used force, with 2 counts, which means 2 children! What worries me is i bet there are countless children who are afraid to tell their parents bc they are afraid to get in trouble for talking to a strange 37 yr old! Also we found several other sex offenders on his page, and i worry that these people have something to do with the high rate of child trafficking happening in our state. We found 7 different fb pages in his name with hundreds of teenage girls on each page!
We have so far been unable to locate Facebook accounts matching the description given by the poster, although it's possible the accounts existed and were deleted after the warning spread. In any event, the woman who shared the photos and claim did not share the content of the purported attempt made to contact her daughter, but it's unlikely person in question is casting a net of danger as far away from Michigan as England and Ireland.
Last updated: 30 March 2015