Ex-boyfriend charged with contempt of court after violating no-contact restraining order by ‘liking’ girlfriends FB page
A Pennsylvania man was slapped with contempt of court after he violated a restraining order when he “liked” Facebook photos of a woman who accused him of harassment.
According to the Wilkes-Barre from Times Leader, April Holland, 24, had obtained a restraining order on July 28 against her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bellanco, 26, claiming that he has been stalking and harassing her and her friends. She also said that Bellanco had even threatened to shoot her in the knee cap to watch her suffer.
A Luzerne County Judge issued a restraining order against Bellanco on August 4, which ordered him to refrain from contacting Holland for one year. According to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Bellanco was accused on a contempt of court charge and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Despite this, he went ahead and violated the no-contact restraining order and “liked” 22 videos and photos on Holland’s Facebook page.
Bellanco said that he was unaware that “liking” Facebook photos and videos was a violation of the judge’s order, reported Citizen’s Voice.
The couple is not unfamiliar with domestic disputes. According to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Bellanco once obtained a protection from abuse order against his ex-girlfriend, Holland in April 2014, after she tried to choke him during a domestic dispute, as he escorted her from his residence. It expired in April of this year.
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