Internet ban, probation for man for Craigslist sex ads

2014-02-11T18:00:00Z 2014-02-12T19:53:25Z Internet ban, probation for man for Craigslist sex adsKRISTEN ZAMBO kristen.zambo@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — A Waterford man sat quietly in the courtroom as a judge blasted his behavior, saying it was “unconscionable” to post Craigslist ads soliciting people to have sex with his neighbor — unbeknownst to her.

The Waterford man will spend the next 2 1/2 years on probation and is banned from the Internet after he was sentenced Tuesday for posting Craigslist ads asking people to have sex with his neighbor.

Trouble was, investigators said, his neighbor wasn’t soliciting for sexual trysts and didn’t know about the ads until people began appearing at her door. That included a man dressed in a coat, but naked underneath.

“You did it for the fun of it,” Racine County Circuit Judge Allan “Pat” Torhorst told Jason T. Willis, 31. “You were mean to your neighbor. In the worst possible way. Without any benefit.”

The woman said she felt that Willis posted the sex-soliciting ads on Craigslist as retribution “for picking on” him for previously having spent time in jail, Torhorst said.

“I’ve been a judge long enough to know you don’t go to jail for no good reason,” he said. “You don’t single out a neighbor. It’s unconscionable.”

Torhorst also sentenced Willis to 18 months in prison plus 18 months on extended supervision, but stayed those terms. That means they won’t kick in unless Willis violates the terms of his probation.

“You may not, in any way, use the Internet,” Torhorst added.

He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.

Willis didn’t speak during his sentencing.

After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won’t appeal the sentence.

“He thought the sentencing was very fair,” she said.

Willis was charged in May with felony identity theft after he allegedly pretended to be a neighbor and posted fraudulent ads on Craigslist soliciting sexual activity with her.

He pleaded guilty on Oct. 25 to an amended charge of misappropriating ID information to harm a person’s reputation.

The woman called the Racine County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 26, 2012, after a man appeared at her door, repeatedly ringing her doorbell. When police arrived, they found him wearing a coat — but nothing else, according to Willis’ criminal complaint.

That man said he was responding to a Craigslist ad.

The neighbor said she hadn’t posted any ads online, but at least three people had come to her home, according to the complaint. One of them also reported seeing an ad on Craigslist, she told deputies.

An investigator contacted Craigslist and discovered that six ads were posted using a fake email address for the woman. All of those ads were sexual in nature and designed to solicit men for sexual activities, the complaint stated.

When an investigator spoke with Willis, he admitted posting the Craigslist ads using his neighbor’s name and email address, according to the complaint.

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(7) Comments

  1. wat'sReal
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    wat'sReal - February 12, 2014 8:12 pm
    @kay nine-you have the nerve to call someone else immature?
  2. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - February 12, 2014 3:53 pm
    " Kay Nine - 3 hours ago
    He used the "anonymous" nature of the internet to play games with someone's life. I don't want him on the internet either... he's proven himself way too immature to use it.

    Prison time would have been more appropriate for this id!ot. He's already been to jail, so he knows the system. He will definitely be in the news again."

    There's no such thing as anonymous on the internet. ask the former operator of silk road.

    there's no way to ban this guy from the internet. he'll still use it. he should have got jail time for putting this person in danger. AGAIN, our judges are too soft.
  3. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - February 12, 2014 11:54 am
    He used the "anonymous" nature of the internet to play games with someone's life. I don't want him on the internet either... he's proven himself way too immature to use it.

    Prison time would have been more appropriate for this id!ot. He's already been to jail, so he knows the system. He will definitely be in the news again.
  4. layedback
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    layedback - February 12, 2014 6:49 am
    Stupidity.
  5. polaris
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    polaris - February 12, 2014 6:39 am
    Some people have way to much time on there hands
  6. Balthazor
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    Balthazor - February 12, 2014 12:58 am
    Seems a bit stupid to ban him from the internet. If he'd posted a similar personal ad in a newspaper would he be banned from reading newspapers? If he'd posted a personal ad on a grocery store bulletin board would he be banned from grocery shopping? I would also question whether banning the guy from the internet infringes on his 1st Amendment rights. Not that I'm trying to defend the guy, but I think the judge is being a dingaling with this internet ban thing.
  7. A Jelly Doughnut
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    A Jelly Doughnut - February 11, 2014 10:36 pm
    This moron needs to sit locked up for a month or so to impress on him how funny this was.
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