A threatening Facebook post by an alleged sex offender pissed off a California judge so much that he more than doubled the defendant’s bail.
The defendant, a 31-year-old former Highland, California deputy sheriff named Nathan James Gastineau,stands accused of three counts each of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Gastineau had sex with a 16-year-old girl whom he’d actually supervised, as part of a summer explorations program that instructs children on the inner workings of law enforcement.
Now you’d think someone schooled in law enforcement would know better than to do something like this, but after he was charged, the defendant posted a threat on his own Facebook page called what else but Gastineau Support.
The post in question included a quote from the now defunct sci-fi TV show “Battlestar Galactica” and was visible to his young accuser, who (like the judge) considered the statement to be threatening.
According to UPI, the Facebook statement reads as follows:
A philosopher once said ‘When faced with untenable alternatives you should consider your imperative.’ War is our imperative. And if right now victory seems like an impossibility, then we have something else to reach for: revenge, payback.
The judge was so enraged by Gastineau’s apparent threat and the potential for retaliation from Facebook supporters, that bail was raised from $150,000 to $350,000.
Gastineau denied threatening the young woman as he was handcuffed and led away. He is scheduled to reappear in court on August 25.
Readers, do you agree with the judge’s decision in this particular case?