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Prosecutors Say Ventura County Man Going To Jail For Facebook Posts Which Made Others Appear Racist

Ventura County prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to jail after he pled guilty to charges that he posted false information on the internet which made some individuals and a local organization appear to be racist.

Prosecutors say Edgar Castrejon created phony Facebook accounts which appeared to be the real accounts for four individuals, and an activist group called “We Have Rights.”  They say the 43-year-old Oxnard man’s false posts include racist comments, as well as ones which were inflammatory about violence.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say because of Castrejon’s actions, a home and a business were vandalized.

Castrejon pled guilty to four charges stemming from the incident.  He received a 180 day jail sentence, was ordered to pay restitution to the victims, and had his internet use restricted for a year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.