CLEAR LAKE SHORES — The operator of a popular blog that keeps up with the happenings in Clear Lake Shores was arrested and charged because of a post he made on the site in February.
Allan Batchelor, owner of the Island Drumz blog, said his posting of the email address of the wife of a city council candidate is what got him in trouble.
Interim police Chief Kenneth Cook said Batchelor was charged with online impersonation, a Class A misdemeanor. Batchelor was arrested at his home Wednesday and posted a $2,500 bond.
Online impersonation is the state’s definition of online harassment.
I don’t know either of the folks involved, even though they live within five miles of me. I don’t know the political issues in their community, nor do I knowanything more about the content of the post in question. And I do have some questions about the exact charge.
But that said, this certainly serves as a reminder that there are lines that ought not be crossed in blogging.