A high school called all its female students to an emergency meeting after reports of a former inmate sending Facebook messages to several students.
Vladimir Kusilek, 23, was convicted of fourth degree sexual assault in 2011, and is now accused of sending Facebook messages to at least eight girls at Bruce high school.
Summer Miller works just a few blocks from Bruce high school and said she saw concerned Facebook posts from friends who are students there.
“Someone shared a picture of him, saying some of the circumstances that he was talking to younger girls, posing himself as a younger guy and just warning, don't get involved with him, don't believe everything he says,” Miller said.
That message was also sent by a deputy at the Stanley prison to Bruce Principal Larry Villiard.
Villiard said he was told Kusilek, a former inmate, convicted of fourth degree sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, may have been using a volleyball roster to send the messages.
“I said (to the deputy) ‘Are you feeling that I need to have a meeting with high school girls and warn them?’ And he said ‘Yes, immediately.’”
“Immediately a number of girls came forward, they had been contacted, and recognized the name right away. One even brought me her phone that had a message from him, said, ‘Hi how are you doing?’ Some of the girls, he'd asked for a date,” Villiard said.
He said phone messages were being sent to parents Friday to let them know about what happened.
WEAU called Kusilek Friday, who said he did send the messages, but only wanted to be friends. He said he's not on probation, and online court records show probation was revoked in Mar. of 2013.
“It's good that people got the word out and stopped it before anything worse could happen,” Miller said.
“There's perpetrators out there that prey on children and that's our worst fear that he's looking for sexual misconduct or something, that's why we want to keep our girls safe,” Villiard said.
WEAU was unable to reach police to find out if sending the messages was a crime, or if Kusilek violated probation. He said he doesn't want anyone to know anything about him, and wanted to be left alone to live his life.