A Virginia woman was arrested after a Facebook feud and charged with harassment by computer.
“I feel like it’s ridiculous because we were all guilty,” said 26-year-old Kristin Holmes. “And I admit…I was childish and argued as well. Everybody was arguing.”
When Kristin was mistaken for another woman, she said she posted a photo with her holding a gun.
“I’ll post a few actual pics of me so you know the difference when you ‘come find me,'” the Facebook post read.
“What happened to freedom of speech?” said Holmes. “And it was just a picture. It wasn’t a threat. I thought it was a funny picture, and then I realized later that it was a little bit intimidating. So I took it down.”
According to KCTV 5, Holmes now faces a Class 1 misdemeanor that could lead to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
“And there is no such thing as a petty crime,” said Kevin Carroll with the Fraternal Order of Police. “There is no such thing as a petty offense.”
Using a computer to send vulgar or indecent language or to threaten illegal or immoral acts could get you the same charge, according to Virginia law.
“You’re arresting someone for using bad words?” KCTV 5 asked Carroll.
“It’s actually against the law to say it in public,” Carroll replied. “It’s a part of the disorderly conduct statute. If it’s against the law to say it in public..why wouldn’t it be against the law to say it to someone through a computer?”
“Be careful what you put on the internet,” said Holmes.”Because you can go to jail for it. Facebook thugging is a crime.”
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