Franklin County

Kentucky sheriff uses Facebook to help in arrest of 11-year fugitive in Idaho

Brett Kirschenmann was arrested in Idaho in late May after the Franklin County Sheriff shared a wanted poster with law enforcement officials in Idaho.
Brett Kirschenmann was arrested in Idaho in late May after the Franklin County Sheriff shared a wanted poster with law enforcement officials in Idaho. Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office used the very latest in police technology to apprehend an interstate fugitive wanted for years.

"It was all done through Facebook," said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton about the arrest of Brett Kirschenmann, who was wanted for felony non-support after not paying enough child support over 11 years.

Upon his arrest, Kirschenmann, 36, owed $5,255. 98 in unpaid child support money, said Assistant County Attorney Chris Broaddus. Broaddus said that Kirschenmann paid child support off and on over the years.

According to the sheriff's Facebook page, investigators traced Kirschenmann's location to Idaho in December 2017. Melton said his department shared —via Facebook— a wanted poster with Kirschenmann's photo with Boise police and a sheriff.

Based on the poster, the sheriff's department in Ada County, Idaho, were able to locate and arrest Kirschenmann in Boise in late May, Melton said. He was extradited to Kentucky and is in the Franklin County Regional Jail with a $16,078 bond.

The sheriff's Facebook page, which is followed by more than 17,000 people, will often post wanted posters for local fugitives and then tag the wanted suspects.

Sometimes, suspects see the Facebook notification and turn themselves in. Other times, Melton said, they taunt the sheriff's office, but get arrested later.

Melton said the department constantly receives tips through its page and he added that an active Facebook page is a very beneficial tool for a modern law enforcement.

"It's been a great resource for us," Melton said. "We use it every day."

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