By Danielle Silva
A man faces consequences for violating parole after making Facebook posts about his ex-wife and several previous providers.
The defendant, Anthony Bucher, had previously entered into a plea agreement in 2018, serving 180 days in custody before being released on formal probation on Jan. 20, 2019. During his probation, the court had issued several protective orders preventing him from speaking to his ex-wife and two individuals who had provided him support in the past. While Mr. Bucher did not make direct contact with them, he had written several Facebook posts concerning them from January 24, 2019, to February 4, 2019. Mr. Bucher was arrested on February 5 and is currently going through a violation of parole hearing.
The majority of the posts focused on Mr. Bucher’s desire to see his son, but being unable to do so due to his living situation. His Facebook posts also noted his dissatisfaction with the court system, his ex-wife, and other individuals who had frustrated him. In his Jan. 25 post, Mr. Bucher noted wanting to have his probation dropped, and his frustration that the court-ordered visitation with his son was denied.
On Feb. 2, Mr. Bucher posted a Facebook message that concerned his ex-wife and the two individuals who had supported him. He noted destroying everything an unspecified “you” ever cared about and how “they” stole his son from him. The message had focused heavily on revenge, according to the interpretations of the ex-wife. One of his previous providers, a witness from the court, also noted that the defendant had used language referencing the ex-wife as Mexican, the provider as Jewish, and his support from white supremacists.
The defendant’s ex-wife received notification about the Facebook posts from friends and family. Since she did not have a Facebook account, she only read the screenshots of the posts. After reading the first Facebook post, she contacted the Woodland Police Department, as she believed his use of social media was a violation of his parole – which was not the case. She had contacted authorities out of concern for her safety.
One of the previous providers also testified in court, noting how he was a principal at a school, Mr. Bucher’s old school, and they had stayed in contact through the witness’ family members. In March 2018, the witness met with Mr. Bucher again, who had been in a living condition where he could not bring his son for court-ordered visitation. The witness had allowed Mr. Bucher to use his and his wife’s home for visitation. At the end of July and early August of 2018, the defendant’s attitude began to change. He stated he needed more help, which the witness wasn’t providing. The witness stated he and his wife filed a restraining order and told him not to return, leading to a 10-year protective order.
The witness and his wife both had Facebook and monitored his posts. On Jan. 27, 2019, after the Facebook posts started, the couple had to leave the state for personal reasons and, upon returning on Feb. 4, 2019, learned of the threatening Facebook message posted by the defendant.
“I’ve seen antisemitism all my life…” The witness said. “I wasn’t looking forward to having the Aryan brotherhood knocking on our door. Anthony knows where I live.”
The hearing will resume tomorrow morning.