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Judge bans Wisconsin man from Internet

By Cody Holyoke. CREATED Feb 11, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 11, 2014

A judge banned a Waterford, Wis., man from using the Internet after he used a neighbor’s likeness in online personal ads.

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan “Pat” Torhorst ordered Jason Willis, 31,  to steer clear of the web.

“Dawn,” the man’s neighbor spoke with Milwaukee TV station TODAY's TMJ4.  

“[Willis’] idea of a joke is much different than other peoples’ idea of a joke,” she said.

The Waterford woman was shocked and surprised when a number of gentleman callers flocked to her doorstep in November of 2012.

One of the men showed up wearing nothing but a trench coat.

“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,” ‘Dawn’ said.

Detectives discovered the woman’s picture and information on a number of personal ads online. 
They arrested Willis for the crime.  On Tuesday, he took a plea deal and will serve 30 months probation. 

Logging online, however, violates the terms of his release.

Why ban the man from using the Internet? Judge Torhorst maintains the World Wide Web was Willis’ weapon. 

“If you want to drive drunk, you’re not allowed to drive,” Torhorst told TODAY’S TMJ4. “To me, a public availability of the Internet—to use it the way he did—is unconscionable. Everybody knows it’s wrong. He knew it was wrong. He admitted it.”

Willis must prove he disconnected Internet service within 30 days.  If he slips up, he could spend at least a year and a half in prison.