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.