Norfolk man accused of creating fake Facebook profile, following woman

NORFOLK, Neb. – A Norfolk man is accused of creating a fake Facebook profile in an attempt to violate a protection order.

Norfolk Police were called to the Sunset Plaza Mall Sunday afternoon after an adult female claimed that 48-year-old Steven J. Simonson followed her to the mall and walked closely past her in the food court area. The reporting female had a protection order against Simonson.

While authorities were on the scene, a third-party witness approached the responding officer and stated that a mal, matching Simonson’s description, was lurking suspiciously in the food court area and appeared to be following a female.

Officers located Simonson and questioned him about the situation. During the investigation, officers say the discovered Simonson had created a fake Facebook profile and had attempted to contact the protected female under the guise of the artificial profile. Officers say the protected female had received a friend request and a direct message from the fake account.

Simonson was arrested for violating the protection order. He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.