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Sex Offender Busted for Surfing Facebook at Apple Store

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Internet-trawling sex offenders are not welcome at San Luis Obispo's Apple Store (photo by plus0ne via flickr).
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A registered sex offender was arrested while surfing Facebook at the Apple Store in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, according to the SLO Tribune.

Robert Nicholas McGuire, 35, is being held without bail at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of violating his probation, terms of which barred him from using the internet for any purpose.

Two SLO County Sheriff's detectives in the area began following McGuire after one of them, a member of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) team, recognized him as a sexual offender.

According to the SLO County Sheriff's Department:

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They followed the man to the Apple store on Higuera St. where he entered and began to log on to the internet from a display computer. Another detective went to the computer next to the man and logged on to the Megan's law website. At about the same time the probation term information was received that clearly indicated McGuire was prohibited from using the internet. McGuire had logged on to his Facebook page. McGuire was taken into custody without incident after he left the store.