Charlottesville Rally Organizer Arrested for Alleged Doxing

Jason Kessler says it wasn't him who outed info of protester
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2017 12:15 PM CDT
Charlottesville Rally Organizer Arrested for Alleged Doxing
In this frame from video, Jason Kessler, based in Charlottesville, Va., speaks to the media on Aug. 13, 2017.   (AP Photo)

The organizer of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally is wanted by police for allegedly doxing a protester at the rally. Jason Kessler is accused of tweeting Emily Gorcenski's name, address, and a photograph of her home on Oct. 3; five days later, someone followed up the doxing with a swatting, calling police to report a disturbance at Gorcenski's home involving a gun (the intent is to get a SWAT team sent to the person's home). Gorcenski isn't accusing Kessler of the swatting, but she does believe he's the one who published her personal information; it was tweeted out on an account that has been previously linked to Kessler, the Daily Beast reports. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for "use of a person's identity with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass," a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

But Kessler insists the Twitter account used for the doxing isn't his. "The Communist judiciary in Charlottesville is now charging me with crimes for tweets that OTHER PEOPLE made. Un-f---ing-believable," he tweeted Tuesday. "I've been to the cops and courts probably a dozen times complaining about people posting my address & they don't care. But someone alleges that an account I don't run listed their PUBLICLY AVAILABLE address & I'm charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. WTF," he added, before concluding, "Cop who arrested me said he'd never even heard of the charge in 21 years of law enforcement. The magistrate who issued the charge is abusing process." Gorcenski, however, says he's been targeting her for a while, the Washington Post reports. Kessler was arrested Tuesday, but reports he was released on bond. (More Jason Kessler stories.)

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