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Published:January 19th, 2006 16:49 EST
The [Sex Offending] Duke of Cleveland?

The [Sex Offending] Duke of Cleveland?

By Joey O'Donnell

Through a popular web research database known as Wikipedia, a group of high school students in Minnesota successfully exposed a registered sex offender, by tracing him to entries he had edited on the Wikipedia server.

The 22-year-old offender appeared at the high school on three occasions identifying himself as Caspian James Crichton-Stuart IV, 5th duke of Cleveland.  He spoke with an English accent and insisted on being addressed as Your Grace ". 

This brought doubts to the students at the school, so they began researching the duke of Cleveland on Wikipedia.

The students found that after examining Wikipedia`s edit logs for the Duke of Cleveland, they found that someone had anonymously changed the information several times to include information about Caspian James before being removed by other Wikipedians.

Continuing to research this, the students found another entry about Caspian James traced back to a man name Joshua Gardener whom was soon after identified as a sex offender in the National Sex Offender Database.