A New Jersey woman who faced jail time after allegedly creating a fake Facebook profile of her ex-boyfriend to humiliate him will enter an intervention programme instead.
Dana Thornton, 41, accepted the pre-trial programme after allegedly creating the profile for her ex-boyfriend, a Parsippany narcotics detective, that claimed he had herpes, used drugs and slept with prostitutes.
'I'm an undercover narcotics detective that gets high every day,' Thornton allegedly wrote in one of the posts attached to Michael Lasalandra's name, pictures, and private details.
Identity theft: Dana Thornton, 41, seen last November in court, escaped jail time after accused of posting a fake Facebook profile for her ex-boyfriend
Another post on the page read: I'm a sick piece of scum with a gun.'
Mr Lasalandra complained to officers of being impersonated online leading to her charge of fourth-degree identity theft.
She faced 18 months in prison before being admitted into the state's PTI program that would drop the single charge.
With its terms she must regularly see a probation officer, complete 50 hours of community service and also undergo a psychological evaluation.
Defamation: Thornton, seen with her former attorney, allegedly covered the page with inflammatory comments that accused the man of having herpes and sleeping with prostitutes
If not completed, her charge will be reinstated the Superior Court Judge David Ironson told her this morning.
'PTI is not a right. It is an opportunity to get the charges dismissed,' said Mr Ironson, according to NJ.com.
Initially Thornton's defence attorney Richard Roberts, who later resigned after his client originally rejected the state's offer of PTI, filed a motion to dismiss the case against her.
Reputation: With her ex-boyfriend being a narcotics detective, she allegedly also wrote that he takes drugs and reports on the job high (file photo)
He claimed that while his client may have violated Facebook rules, there is no law in New Jersey against creating a profile of anyone online.
But the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said in its court papers that the law generally states that impersonating another or assuming a false identity and acting in such an assumed character to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another is a crime.
With the help of Thornton's new attorney, Vincent Sanzone, she applied for the PTI programme.
The Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Werner said he did not oppose her enrollment.
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