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Judge orders man to keep off Internet due to false Craigslist ad

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A judge has ordered a Racine County man to stay off the Internet, after he put a false ad on Craigslist which claimed that his neighbor was looking for sex.

The neighbor didn't know about the ad until at least three people knocked on her door -- one wearing only a jacket.

31-year-old Jason Willis insisted it was a joke. Circuit Judge Pat Torhorst didn't see anything funny about it -- and he gave Willis 30 days to cancel his home Internet service. He was given two-and-a-half years of probation -- but if he's caught going online during that time, he'll be sent to prison for a year-and-a-half, with another year-and-a-half of extended supervision.

The woman told police that Willis was apparently retaliating, after she picked on him for spending time in jail in the past.

Judge Torhorst told Willis it was "unconscionable" to single out a neighbor like that. He had pleaded guilty to misappropriating personal data to harm somebody's reputation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)