Oregon man in trouble for second controversial website
A 33-year-old Oregon man who was convicted four years ago of sending threatening communications in a dispute involving his stdcarriers.com website is in trouble again over a new controversial website. The man had been involved in an escalating dispute with a woman who claimed that an ex-boyfriend wrongfully submitted her name to the site out of revenge.
Under the terms of his probation, the man was only allowed to use the internet for job searches. However, he was able to uninstall the computer monitoring program used by the U.S. Probation Office late last year. He then created a new website called copblaster.com.
The site includes biographies of judges, correctional officers, and law enforcement officers as well as complaints that have been filed against them. He also provides editorial comments, including one calling the judge handling his case an "enem[y] of liberty."
The man's attorney argues that her client reported the shortcoming in the software program to the Probation Office as well as the manufacturer and recommended ways to fix it. She says, "He exposed an obvious vulnerability that was likely to have been exploited by many of the child pornographers and other offenders subject to...(the) monitoring programs here and elsewhere." However, he also posted instructions for disabling the software on his site.
His attorney also noted that the defendant, who reportedly has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the result of a college fraternity hazing incident as well as Asperger's syndrome, did not violate the terms of his probation by creating the copblaster site and didn't threaten anyone. A probation officer, however, said the site was used for "revenge, retaliation, getting even'' with those in the justice system whom the man believed were unfair to him. The judge in the case ruled that the man had violated several terms of his probation, including accessing the internet when he knew the monitoring system was off and not actively looking for a job.
The man will learn his fate early next month. He could go back to jail for nearly a year.
Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies take internet crimes very seriously - - particularly when they involve threats of harm or contain information that could help those who would seek to do harm to someone. If you or a loved one has been charged with an Internet-related crime, it's essential to see experienced legal guidance.