MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF THREATENING VIOLENCE AGAINST VILLA PARK CITY COUNCILWOMAN IN WRITING OVER FACEBOOK

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 11CF0746






March 22, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
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Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
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MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF THREATENING VIOLENCE AGAINST VILLA PARK CITY COUNCILWOMAN IN WRITING OVER FACEBOOK

 

SANTA ANA – A man has been arraigned on charges of threatening violence against a Villa Park City Councilwoman by sending her a message on Facebook. Paul Dean Andrews, 27, San Pedro, is charged with one felony count of threatening a public official and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. Andrews is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 30, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. A protective order has been issued prohibiting Andrews from having any contact with the victim.

 

On Feb. 13, 2011, Villa Park City Councilwoman D. Pauly was among many protesters who gathered outside a benefit for Islamic Circle of North American Relief USA, being held at a Yorba Linda community center.  Other public officials including Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA40) and Gary Miller (R-CA42) also spoke and attended the rally. The protest was covered by the media and the public officials’’ comments were posted on various websites including YouTube and REDDIT.  

 

Pauly is serving her second term as Villa Park City Councilwoman.  She was last elected in November 2010.  She is also an elected Republican Member of the County Central Committee of the 60th Assembly District.  She was last elected to that position in June 2010. 

 

On March 3, 2011, Andrews is accused of becoming angry at Pauly over comments she had made at the February 2011 protest. The defendant is accused of threatening Pauly by sending her a message on Facebook, including threatening violence against her with weapons. He is accused of making the threats using his personal Facebook account with his picture. 

 

The victim, fearing for her safety, reported the threat to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), who investigated this case. Andrews was arrested yesterday, March 21, 2011, by OCSD.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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