Saukville man found not guilty in case involving alleged Facebook rant: ‘Who’s with me to riot?’

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John Borowski

OZAUKEE COUNTY — An alleged “Facebook rant” led to felony charges against a Saukville man, but he was found not guilty by a jury.

John Borowski was charged with one count of criminal damage to property and one count of battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer. The felony charges were filed in October of 2017.

The 43-year-old man was acquitted on June 21, 2018 — and a judgement of dismissal/acquittal was issued by the court.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Judge Joseph Voiland presided over a family court matter involving Borowski and his ex-wife, last brought into court in September 2017.

On Oct. 9, prosecutors say investigators learned of a potential threat to the Ozaukee County Courts and Judge Voiland. It was learned an email had been sent to Borowski’s ex-wife’s attorney, reading: “Do not let him be with his daughter. Doesn’t he have a firearm restriction per the restraining order? These are the things he posts on Facebook. He is certifiably crazy.”

The email contained a Facebook post from Sept. 30, reading: “I’m a white man being deprived of my child for unjust causes. I have absolutely no criminal record. I barely drink and am constantly subjected to drug and alcohol tests required by the FRA. Children now 22 and almost 20 who can attest to my parenting. Who’s with me to riot and loot the courthouse? Possibly the judge’s neighborhood? I want to really put a test to ‘white privilege’ and ‘male’ superiority. I don’t think taking a knee or destroying my own neighborhood will do any good.”

According to the complaint, below this post was a photograph that showed Borowski with a firearm, in hunting attire. After he was shown the post, the complaint says the judge feared for the safety of his family.

A warrant was issued for Borowski’s arrest on Oct. 13, and he was taken into custody on Oct. 16.

Again — all charges have been dismissed.