Former Operator of ‘Eau Claire TMZ’ Enters Guilty Plea on Sex Offender Registry Violation Case
The former operator of the ‘Eau Claire TMZ’ Facebook & Twitter pages, Cheyenne Erdman, has entered a guilty plea on his charges in Eau Claire County Circuit Court for Violation of Sex Offender Registration.
According to WEAU news out of Eau Claire, WI,Erdman plead guilty at a plea hearing on January 18, 2018 and entered into a Deferred Prosecution or Sentence Agreement which requires him to comply with certain conditions to include submitting monthly payments to the Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office and maintaining compliance with all requirements of sex offender registration.
DrydenWire.com reported in June of 2017 that Erdman was facing charges in Eau Claire County Circuit Court after the Eau Claire Police Department arrested Erdman for using alias names on Facebook, including “Eau Claire TMZ”, “Monneey Matthew”, and “Bethany Mae Luivell”. Under Wisconsin State Statute 301.47(2), a registered sex offender may not identify himself/herself by a name that is not reported to the sex offender registration specialist.
Online circuit court records show that on January 18, 2018, Erdman’s $5,000 signature bail bond conditions were also modified to allow him to utilize email and to remove the condition which prohibited him from using Facebook or social media websites. Erdman was further ordered specifically that he may not use any aliases that are not on file with the sex offender registry. A future hearing is scheduled for Erdman in January of 2020 regarding the Deferred Agreement.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry website confirms that Erdman is required to register as a sex offender for life due to a conviction of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1994 in a Rusk County case. Details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com.
Eau Claire TMZ Operator Arrested for Operating Site Against WI Sex Offender Registration Rules
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Eau Claire PD l Press Release
Eau Claire TMZ Facebook page at one point had over 20k+ likes and even more followers. However, things seemed to have taken a downward spiral according to a recent Eau Claire Police Dept (ECPD) media release.
The ECPD posted on their Facebook page earlier today:
Ever wonder what happened to Eau Claire TMZ? The operator of Eau Claire TMZ -- Cheyenne Erdman -- was arrested for operating the website against his WI Sex Offender Registration rules!. Erdman also had other fake profiles on Facebook. He was arrested for the violation and will appear in court tomorrow. This is a great reminder why internet safety is soooo important! See attached media release for more information.
(MEDIA RELEASE) -- On June 19, 2017, the Eau Claire Police Department received information that lifetime registered sex offender, Cheyenne M. Erdman (DOB 12/10/1974), may be using alias names on Facebook: “Eau Claire TMZ”, Monneey Matthew: and “Bethany Mae Luivell”.
Eau Claire Police confirmed with a local sex offender registration specialist that Erdman never reported he was using social media websites, which would be a violation of his rules. In addition, it is a violation of Wisconsin State Statute 301.47(2)(b) in which a registered sex offender may not identify himself by a name that is not reported to the sex offender registration specialist.
Through the course of the investigation, Eau Claire Police were able to positively identify Erdman to be the sole operator of the Facebook Profile “Eau Claire TMZ”, “Monneey Matthew” and “Bethany Mae Luivell”. Erdman was contacted and questioned to his involvement in the social media website. He admitted to creating the Facebook profiles and knowingly violating the rules of the sex offender registration guidelines. Erman was arrested for violation of Wisconsin State Statute 301.47(2)(b) – Sex Offender Name Changes Prohibited. He was issued a court date of June 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
The Eau Claire Police Department would like to remind everyone about the importance of Internet safety. The case above highlights that anyone can make an on-line profile(s) portraying themselves as someone else. The real person on the other end could be very dangerous to you or your loved ones. We recommend knowing the person you are “friends” with on Facebook, other social media accounts, or chatting with on-line. You should also review your privacy settings on the accounts you utilize, and set them to a level you are comfortable with.