WATERFORD — A “joke” posting on Craigslist has resulted in a criminal charge after someone showed up naked at a woman’s door.
Jason T. Willis, 30, of Waterford, has been charged with felony identity theft after he allegedly pretended to be a neighbor and posted fraudulent ads on Craigslist soliciting sexual activity.
He now faces up to three years in prison for what he told police was “just a joke,” according to his criminal complaint.
The neighbor contacted the Racine County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 26 after a man reportedly showed up at her door and repeatedly rang her doorbell. When police arrived, they found a man wearing a coat with no clothes underneath, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly said he was responding to a personal ad from Craigslist.
The neighbor said she had not posted any personal ad online and said at least three people had come to her door attempting to contact her, according to the complaint. One of those individuals also reported seeing an ad on Craigslist, she said.
After talking to the woman, an investigator contacted Craigslist and learned there were six ads posted using a fraudulent email address for her. All were allegedly sexual in nature and were soliciting males for sexual activity.
Through a subpoena, police obtained the IP address for the computer where the posts were made and acquired emails that used the woman’s actual address, inviting people to go there.
Then police spoke to Willis, who allegedly admitted that he posted the Craigslist ads using his neighbor’s name and email address.
Willis received a $1,000 signature bond Tuesday and his initial appearance is scheduled for May 28.