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Instagram post leads to sex offender being sent back to prison

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A Wise, Va. sex offender was sentenced to almost three years in prison after Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said the man violated his probation by posting a video to Instagram along with other unsatisfactory behavior.

Joshua James Green, 28, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. He was previously convicted in 2014 on charges of carnal knowledge of a child, 13 or 14 years of age, without force, and two felony counts of distribution of marijuana. Green finished serving his sentence in late 2015 (five years in prison with three years and 10 months suspended on the sex offense and 10 years with nine years and five months suspended on the drug offenses). The suspended sentence was conditioned upon successful completion of probation.

Because Green is a sex offender, Slemp added that Green was ordered to maintain a job, have no unsupervised contact with juveniles, and have no access to social media websites.

Green's probation officer filed a violation charge against him in January which said that he failed to update his employment status after losing his job and that he had been convicted last year of being drunk in public. Evidence was presented that Green had posted a video from a cellphone to an Instagram account which showed Green at a party with a 14- and 16-year-old. Two of them were wrestling on the video and one had a Coors Light beer box on his head, according to Slemp. Slemp added that Green admitted to drinking alcohol at the party and to having the Instagram account.

Probation is a privilege and not a right, Slemp stated. Mr. Green was convicted of a very serious offense for which he has to register as a sex offender. Therefore, he cannot be around juveniles and has to stay off of the Internet. Yet, Mr. Green willfully chose to ignore those restrictions.

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