Guy 'Likes' Ex's Facebook Posts, Gets Arrested
Social media apparently counts when it comes to restraining orders
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2015 5:10 PM CDT
Police say a man violated his restraining order by "liking" 22 of his ex's Facebook photos and videos.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man is in trouble with the law after "liking" a bunch of his ex-girlfriend's photos and videos on Facebook. The problem, authorities say, is that the "likes" violate the conditions of the restraining order she has against him, the Times Leader reports. April Holland, 24, got a protection from abuse order against Justin Bellanco on July 28, claiming he had been following and harassing her and threatened to shoot her in the knee to "watch her suffer." A judge issued a full no-contact restraining order Aug. 4, which forbid Bellanco, 26, from having any contact with Holland for a year.

Bellanco didn't even make it a week. The Times Leader reports police arrested him Aug. 10 after he "liked" 22 of Holland's Facebook photos and videos. Yesterday, he was arraigned on a contempt of court charge for his social-media activities and let go on $5,000 unsecured bail. Bellanco told authorities he didn't know the "likes" violated his restraining order, the Citizens' Voice reports. This isn't the former couple's first run-in with the law: Bellanco got a one-year restraining order against Holland after claiming she choked him during a domestic dispute. And after when she went to the Pittston, Pa., city hall to report the "likes," she returned moments later saying Bellanco was on foot outside. Bellanco then told police he had come from home even though he didn't live nearby, authorities say.