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Rep. White's 'Victoria Adams' alias not the ID of Poconos murder victim, he says

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Victoria Adams, 21, and her son Sidney, 19 months, were shot to death in 2009. The boy's father, Michael Parrish, received a death penalty sentence last year.

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By Brad Bumsted and Timothy Puko
Friday, May 31, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
 

HARRISBURG — Rep. Jesse White said on Friday that one alias he used online to criticize the gas industry was “Victoria Adams,” but he denied that he tried to assume the identity of a Poconos murder victim by that name.

“Among those aliases I used was a fictitious person named Victoria Adams, but I did not assume the identity of any real person named Victoria Adams,” White said. “Any allegation that I assumed the identity of any real person named Victoria Adams is false.”

A photo he posted when he used that alias “was not a photo of the Victoria Adams who was murdered in the Poconos in 2009 but instead was a stock photo found online,” White said.

It's not clear who the young blonde is in the photo he used.

White's “Victoria Adams” Facebook page was deactivated. It included several photos of a young woman who was portrayed as Adams, according to a screenshot compiled by Mike Knapp, a drilling industry executive who has had online spats with White.

White did not respond to the Tribune-Review's follow-up questions about the woman in the photos and how and why he chose them.

“That's creepy,” said Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, who has been a target of at least one online comment from White's Adams alias. “I believe the Office of Ethics that we have in Harrisburg will be the true tell of all that.”

On Thursday, the Cecil Democrat acknowledged writing anonymous online posts attacking constituents who support Marcellus shale drilling. He apologized for saying anything “offensive or hurtful.”

The Pocono Record reported in July 2009 that Victoria Adams, 21, and her son, Sidney, 19 months, were shot and killed by her boyfriend, Michael Parrish. He received a death sentence last year.

In Facebook posts as “Victoria Adams,” White criticized Cecil-based Range Resources Inc. spokesman Matt Pitzarella and praised Rep. Jesse White, “who has the guts to speak up.” He blasted former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell as a “paid whore” for the natural gas industry.

White claimed he was a target of “misleading and personal attacks” by the drilling industry. He said he “responded in kind” but called that an “error in judgment.” He denied using a state computer for his Internet postings.

One name he used online was “Janice Gibson” while criticizing constituent Janice Gibbs, who favors drilling. He used the name “Harold,” under which he called Gibbs “dumber than a box of rocks.”

It's not apparent that White broke state ethics law, experts said. A bill pending in the General Assembly would make cyber-bullying a crime.

White, an attorney, has represented the 46th District since 2007.

The House Democratic leader's office had no comment on Friday.

Brad Bumsted and Timothy Puko are Trib Total Media staff writers. Reach Bumsted at 717-787-1405 or bbumsted@tribweb.com. Reach Puko at 412-320-7991 or tpuko@tribweb.com.

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