SLO Tribune commenter charged for claims of pedophilia

September 4, 2019

By KAREN VELIE

Kevin Rice, an activist, was surprised when people questioned him about a post in the SLO Tribune comment section in which it appears Rice boasts about having had sex with minors. Rice soon discovered he was the victim of online impersonation and libel. [Cal Coast Times]

Last summer, David William Platek, 36, created a Facebook page identical to Rice’s page, which included a photo of Rice. While impersonating Rice, Platek posted under an Aug. 9, 2018 SLO Tribune article about a convicted sex offender, saying that he (as Rice) had also had sex with children, and it was not all that uncommon.

“He was intentionally trying to diminish my reputation,” Rice said. “It was effective; Aaron Ochs posted on his page that I admitted to having sex with a minor.”

Almost immediately after Platek posted on the SLO Tribune, Ochs, a local troll known for spreading misinformation, wrote on his Facebook page that Rice admitted to being a sex offender, Rice said.

For years, Ochs and several others have maligned Rice on social media and in the SLO Tribune comment section, attacking Rice and others who expose the missteps of a local group of Democratic public officials.

David William Platek

Rice has found and reported multiple violations of campaign law. His complaints have resulted in state levied fines or warning letters against San Luis Obispo Supervisor Adam Hill, Arroyo Grande Mayor Caren Ray, former Grover Beach mayor John Shoals, and local political consultant Cory Black.

After discovering the impersonation, Rice contacted the District Attorney’s Office which mounted an investigation.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Dan Dow announced he had filed two counts of felony identity theft and one related misdemeanor charge against Platek.

If convicted of the charges, Platek, a former Atascadero resident who now lives in Visalia, faces up to four years and eight months in jail.

“Widespread use of social media such as Facebook has increased the amount of identity theft on social media platforms,” Dow said. “It is important for the public to know that identity theft anywhere – even in the cyber world of social media – is a crime and will be prosecuted. Everyone should be protected from the harm caused by someone impersonating them with the intent to damage their reputation.”


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slophocles

Hey, you two dopes. Do us (REAL progressives) a favor, and get lost. You act more like a couple of Breitbart Retrumplicans.


Snoid

Real progressives? Your all the same in the eyes of the general public. Childish, vengeful,hating,hypocritical, over dramatic, drama queens. Your support isn’t walking away, their running away. A rouge bunch of bigmouth physco’s ready to bury America and its economic freedoms as we know it in its tracks. Some wanted a third party and now there is. The Republicans, the Democrats and you terrorists.


Mjd

Folks,


Shame on the whacky left, and it is clear that people like David William Platek have the support of corrupt politicians like Heidi Harmon, Adam Hill & Caren Ray Rossum.


If the left really believed in integrity and civil discourse, their leadership would have denounced the despicable actions of people like Mr. Platek, but all we have seen is their silence.


Speak truth to power.


Abandon Democrats in 2020.


AmericaTheFree

Explain how this idiot was supported by Heidi Harmon, Adam Hill & Caren Ray Rossum, better yet, prove it! Until you can you’re no better than Platek, spreadin’ fake ass claims about folks just to harm them.


retiredpoliceofficer

Kevin-you have a great defamation case! If the guy has any money find a defamation lawyer.


obispan

Absitivly (sic)! I could say I think Kevin Rice is a child molester and be entitled to my opinion. To say that you are Kevin Rice and confessing to molesting children is another matter.


obispan

And Adam Hill is behind it all, obviously, given his acknowledged mental illness and previous behavior.