A man is facing a misdemeanor charge after authorities say he was caught red-handed downloading and posting hundreds of marriage records on the internet without authorization.
A Sacramento County judge on Monday sentenced 27-year-old Joshua “Joey” Rancher to 90 days in jail and fined him $1,000.
Rancher, who is from Los Angeles, was arrested on Sept. 20 after police say he posted several photos and videos of himself at a local wedding reception without the permission of the bride and groom.
Rancho Cordova police say Ranchers home computer contained thousands of marriage certificates, including ones he obtained from a church.
Police say the records were obtained by the groom, who was visiting the bride in his hometown.
Ricardo L. Sanchez, a spokesman for the Sacramento County district attorney’s office, said Ranches home computer had been turned off and no one had access to the computers.
He said that’s because Rancheys laptop was in storage at his home, where he and his wife live.
In a statement, Ranchels lawyer, Peter Gartman, said the investigation is still ongoing and that the court is not ready to make a determination on whether Ranchesss conduct was unlawful or whether RANCher has violated any state or federal law.