Man banned from internet after posting fake Craigslist ad

HARTFORD, Wis. - A judge has banned a Waterford, Wis. man from using the internet after he used a neighbor's likeness in online personal ads.

At first, "Dawn" had no idea her neighbor, Jason Willis, was up to no good.

Reporter: "How did you find out about this?"

"From one of the four men I believe came to the door," she said.

You can imagine the Waterford woman's shock and surprise when a number of gentleman callers flocked to her doorstep. One wearing nothing but a trench coat.

"I actually asked him where he got my name, because he had my full name. He knew my address. And he said, 'Oh, I got it off of Craigslist. You put an ad on there,'" said Dawn.

Detectives discovered Dawn's picture and information on a number of personal ads. They arrested Jason Willis for the crime. He just took a plea deal and will serve 30 months probation. But, he has to stay offline.

Why ban the man from using the internet? The judge in this case says the World Wide Web was Jason Willis' weapon. Taking that away is a way to disarm him and prevent this type of crime from happening again.

"If you want to drive drunk, you're not allowed to drive! To me, a public availability of the Internet, to use it the way he did, is unconscionable," said Judge Pat Torhorst with the Racine County Circuit Court.

Judge Torhorst believes "Dawn" needs extra protection in this case.

"It was necessary to protect the victim, who I viewed as particularly vulnerable," said Judge Torhorst.

"I didn't feel comfortable in my own house," said Dawn.

Dawn would have preferred a prison sentence, but she's hopeful Willis has learned his lesson.

Reporter: "Do you think this is a fair punishment?"

"I don't know if I would say fair. But it's OK for now," said Dawn.


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