#MeTooSCV: Shane Michael Falsey pleads not guiltyMai Nguyen Do October 11, 2018 0 COMMENTS
Shane Michael Falsey, who was officially accused of a single misdemeanor of annoying phone calls, appeared at the Santa Clarita courthouse for an arraignment on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Although Falsey has been also accused of sexual harassment and sexual abuse by dozens of victims online, the official accusation for which he was ordered to appear in court is a violation of California Penal Code 653m, which categorizes harassment via electronic communications as a misdemeanor.
The potential consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are up to six months in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both, according to the California Penal Code.
Brett Haddock, a #MeTooSCV organizer, attended the arraignment hearing. “It’s disappointing to see him charged with a lesser crime, in light of his well-evidenced track record, but I don’t see this as a miscarriage of justice,” Haddock said. “It’s a stepping stone building towards a larger case to finally get this man to cease his relentless harassment campaign towards local women.”
Falsey entered a plea of not guilty. A no-contact order filed by one of his alleged victims remains in place.
“How could they not look at all our reports and use them at least?” Mia Francovich said in a Facebook comment. “He will have a new victim by the time he goes back to court.”
Falsey is due back in court on Nov. 13 for a preliminary hearing.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.