Omar Daniel Gonzalez-Torres: Craigslist Prank Backfires, Leads to April Fool's Day in Jail

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Brazos County Jail
Omar Gonzalez-Torres: Could face ten years behind bars.
According to what he told police, Omar Daniel Gonzalez-Torres was upset at the way a woman was treating his girlfriend, so he chose the route of high-tech vengeance. Posing as his girlfriend's alleged antagonist, the 21-year-old College Station man took out a Craigslist "casual encounters" ad offering up various sexual acrobatics and furnished the woman's cellphone number.

Apparently Gonzalez-Torres is talented in the fake sex ad arena, or maybe there are just lots of horndogs in the greater Bryan-College Station area, because soon enough the woman's phone was blowing up, brimming over with what the Bryan-College Station Eagle calls "obscene phone calls, photos, and text messages."

On February 10, the woman, apparently a Texas A&M student, called the Aggie cops, and the cops subpoenaed Craigslist, which furnished them the cellphone number of the person who took out the ad. The cops called the number and Gonzalez-Torres answered.

After an investigation of several weeks, Gonzalez was arrested on Saturday and charged with online impersonation, a third-degree felony punishable by two to ten years in prison. He made his $8,000 bond Sunday morning after spending the first 12 hours of April Fool's Day in the Brazos County Jail.

And come on now, this is a felony? One that could ruin this kid's life for years to come, if not forever? We look at the Facebook pages of dozens of punks, hoodlums, thugs, skanks, Juggalos and various other sociopathic no-goodniks every day, and it's readily apparent Gonzalez-Torres, also a Texas A&M student, is none of those things. Guys who claim to speak Klingon and fans of shows like Yu-Gi-Oh and Veggie Tales and bands like Texas Chainska Massacre don't do well in the pen, we imagine.


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Hill
Hill

I wonder if the DA will tack additional time onto Omar's sentence for attempting to impersonate Juan Epstein?

miss_msry
miss_msry

Sorry, time to take these "pranks" seriously. He pretty much stole her identity and used it to commit fraud. Cybercrime also needs to be taken seriously.

PS: a semi-competent lawyer will get him off. And he didn't think this woman was treating his girlfriend right??? Get over the machismo and grow up.

BW
BW

Lomax, you are officially now my hero. Thank you for trying to put this whole issue into perspective for those who are reading about this. I went to high school with him and I personally know him as well and I know he doesn't deserve any jail time for a petty prank like this.

French
French

You wanna play? You gotta pay. 

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Well, yeah, in the strictest sense I guess you could call it fraud, but there was no financial element to it. I think he does need to pay a fine, do some community service, a some time on probation, maybe a couple of nights in jail, but this is not a guy who needs to join the ranks of Texas's felons or genpop at the state pen.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Well thanks, but I just call 'em like I see 'em. Serious questions for any lawyers who might drop by... Is it also a felony to scrawl "For a good time call XXX-XXXX" on a men's room wall in someone else's name? If not, other than the fact that it reaches a larger audience, why is it so much worse to do it online?

miss_msry
miss_msry

I agree, but at least reading this might make young people think twice.

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