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PAXTON — A Paxton man has been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posting another man’s personal information in classified advertisements in the “man-on-man relationship” section of Craigslist.
Jonas L. Taylor, 30, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Patton Street in Paxton, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and charged in Ford County Circuit Court with one count of cyberstalking, a Class 4 felony.
Taylor posted $1,500 cash bond and was released from the Ford County jail on Wednesday.
In a criminal complaint filed in court, Paxton police said Taylor created and posted two advertisements on Craigslist on Aug. 16 — one on the Champaign-Urbana site and the other on the Bloomington-Normal site. Police said Taylor posted the ads in the “man-on-man relationship” section of the sites.
Both ads listed the personal information of a Loda man whom Taylor had been ordered to have no contact with in a separate criminal case.
The charge alleges that the ads were intended to cause emotional distress.
According to the criminal complaint, the Internet protocol (IP) address from which the ads were placed was tracked to Taylor’s home. On Sept. 17, Taylor admitted to police that he posted the ads using the Loda man’s cell phone number, the complaint said.
Taylor was arrested on a bench warrant about 6 p.m. Wednesday at his home, Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said. As of Thursday, a court date had not been set. He has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.
If convicted of cyberstalking, Taylor faces a sentence ranging from 30 months of probation to 1-3 years in prison.
On Sept. 11, Taylor pleaded not guilty in Ford County Circuit Court to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, in connection with a July incident involving the same man.
In a criminal complaint, Paxton police said the man was in his vehicle at the drive-through window at Hardee’s in Paxton when Taylor drove by, made an offensive gesture and yelled obscenities his way.
In that case, Taylor’s jury trial has been set for October. He is being represented by attorney John T. Wozniak of Urbana.