Pottstown woman sentenced for stalking a judge

Posted: November 09, 2013

POTTSTOWN A Pottstown woman was banned from Twitter and sentenced to at least a year in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to stalking a Montgomery County judge who had ruled against her in a child custody case.

From 2011 to 2012, Sadiyyah F. Young distributed fliers, posted tweets, and sent forged letters criticizing Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, who had issued a ruling placing Young's children in foster care, said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Quigg.

Young also was accused of harassing lawyers and social workers involved in her case.

"She was putting out false allegations against people . . . relating to their professional conduct, personal conduct. It ran the gamut," Quigg said.

The tweets crossed the line when they listed the judge's home address and telephone number, along with "veiled threats," Quigg said.

One post from December 2011 said: "Somebody should pay all these people a visit bust out windows and cut tires!" according to the complaint.

County detectives also tied Young to five letters sent to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board that targeted Demchick-Alloy and used language similar to that in the fliers and tweets. The letters were signed by people who later stepped forward to say they didn't write them.

Young, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of stalking, forgery, and identity theft. She was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months in jail and three years' probation, and ordered to refrain from using Twitter or having contact with Demchick-Alloy and the others named in her fliers and tweets.

Defense attorney Peter Amuso said his client agreed to the terms of the sentence and will not fight the Twitter ban.

"At this point in time . . . she understands the judicial system and respects the decisions of the judges," he said.


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