Judge bans Wisconsin man from the Internet for harassing neighbor with fake Craigslist ad

By Arturo Garcia
Thursday, February 13, 2014 17:59 EDT
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Wisconsin man banned from Internet [WTMJ-TV]
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A Wisconsin man was banned from using the Internet after being found guilty of using his neighbor’s personal information to post an explicit fake online personal ad, WTMJ-TV reported.

As a result, 31-year-old Jason Willis now has 30 days to disconnect all his online services as part of his 30-month probation ordered by Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan Torhorst. If Willis violates the order, he could be sentenced to at least 18 months in prison.

Willis was found guilty on Tuesday of posting the November 2012 Craigslist ad inviting men to come to the neighbor’s house to have sex with her. The post resulted in four men going to the woman’s home, one of them clad only in a trench coat. Police discovered Willis also used the woman’s personal information for other fake personal ads.

“He had my full name. He knew my address,” the woman, who identified herself as “Dawn,” told WTMJ about the uninvited visitor. “And he said, ‘Oh, I got it off of Craigslist. You put an ad on there,’ [Willis'] idea of a joke is much different than other peoples’ idea of a joke.”

United Press International reported that Torhorst also ripped Willis for his actions while handing down his verdict.

“You did it for the fun of it,” Torhorst told Willis. “You were mean to your neighbor. In the worst possible way. Without any benefit. I’ve been a judge long enough to know you don’t go to jail for no good reason. You don’t single out a neighbor. It’s unconscionable.”

Watch WTMJ’s report, as aired on Tuesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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