No contact means no contact, say police

When a protective order says “no contact” with the person filing an order, that means no contact — not even by “liking” the person’s Facebook photos or commenting on them. 

That’s the basis of a charge of violating a protective order against Lane T. Saunders, 27. Homer Police got an arrest warrant for Saunders after police said he contacted a woman he had been told to communicate with only through mail and through their attorneys.

In a criminal complaint, Homer Police Officer Larry Baxter said Saunders has a current protective order against him and that the woman said on Nov. 5 that Saunders had contacted her in violation of the order. The woman showed Baxter her Facebook page with a comment made Nov. 4 on a photo. The comment was alleged to be from Saunders. Baxter wrote that the woman also said Saunders had “liked” other photos of her, including older photos, and she said that disturbed her because it meant he had spent time looking through her Facebook photos.

Baxter said police have tried to contact Saunders, but believe he is avoiding law enforcement because he also has an arrest warrant for a Kenai case. 

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