Here is an excerpt from the article about Joey…
Since his arrest, the Ellis County Observer website has gone down, and Dauben said in the letter that former associates had turned on him, lied about him and taken down the website without his permission. He said legal action would be forthcoming in connection with the alleged misappropriation of his website. Dauben said claims by former associates that he was on suicide watch and that he had admitted to sexually assaulting the teenager are “lies.”
“But again, I am not bitter, angry or depressed at any of these legal battles,” Dauben said in his letter. “I rejoice and praise Yahweh for suffering the persecution. I pray for my enemies and false accusers daily, and encourage others to show love to one another, even if they come against you.”
Dauben, who describes himself as a Torah-observant Christian, also asked for the contents of the letter to be shared with the rest of the media either publicly or privately.
Dauben said in the letter that former associates had turned on him, lied about him and taken down the website without his permission.
First I will state, I am only assuming this letter he wrote was in reference to me. I did not take down the Ellis County Observer without Joey Dauben’s permission. The hosting fees were due and I refused to pay the renewal, but I will come back to this topic.
Dauben said claims by former associates that he was on suicide watch
Then the suicide watch claim, in the article I posted, I made it clear that the suicide watch was information I had received and it needed to be confirmed. Also, in the suicide watch article, I (not remembering my exact wording) stated that I have known Joey for a while and I would never believe him to be suicidal and if something happened to him and suicide was the claim, then it was definitely foul play.
…and that he had admitted to sexually assaulting the teenager are “lies.
I don’t remember, nor I have I been able to find where I supposedly put this on any blog. If it is somewhere out in the blog-o-sphere, it most definitely was not me that posted this type of thing. I did receive an email from someone saying that he admitted to them, he was in fact guilty. When I asked this person to tell me verbatim what Joey said, it fell very short of an outright admittance to guilt. In fact it could have been construed as exactly the opposite.
He said legal action would be forthcoming in connection with the alleged misappropriation of his website.
Okay, back to the website topic. I did not pay the renewal when it was due on January 18th, 2012. I did change some passwords to The ECO. For three or four reasons, Joey was passing out the passwords to people I do not know and I am not going to be “fill-in” publisher getting the lawsuit threats and threats against my family for a website, when I do not who has access to said website.
Second, Brannon was running his infamous ‘whore-cunt’ articles and videos when Joey expressly wrote he did not want stuff like that being posted, so I took Brannon’s admin away.
Also, I did it in part, FOR Joey’s sake. His sister had been given advice by three lawyers to tell him to stop blogging and talking to the media. Everyone who knows Joey, knows he would never listen to such advice, so I did it for him.
Now for the newsflash- A few days after The ECO went down, I was on the phone with Brannon Bridge. Brannon was trying to access Joey’s account to renew the domain hosting. He could not get in. Brannon and I were going to pay the hosting fees, just so Joey wouldn’t lose all of his work for the last five years. I already knew he was lashing at me via letters to other people and myself. I was going to leave the site alone and completely disassociate and just out of a friendly gesture of “so long buddy” I was going to pay the renewal.
We could not access the account and I started receiving email notifications that the Admin username password was changed, the brandyowen username password was changed and the Joey G. Dauben username had been changed. Usually these notifications come in alerting that ‘such-and-such’ username requests a password change. This was not the case, the passwords were just changed. Then I received word that we, Brannon and I, could not access the account because the District Attorney’s office had seized The Ellis County Observer.
Then a letter from Joey came to my house on Feb. 6th saying that the State of Texas was trying to seize the site and he wanted all of his password given in writing, to his mom, sister or him within three days of my receiving the letter. He wanted his facebook, domainsite.com, gmail and hotmail passwords given over to his family or more, blah blah blah, legal action, against me threats, network intrusion or something.
I never had his domainsite.com passwords, I changed his facebook passwords December 20th, 2011, to control the hate-filled posts on his FB Wall, but then promptly gave the password to Jamie Corpany and then in mid-January I gave the FB login to his sister, Shelby Dauben. Shelby then changed the password. I gave Shelby the passwords to gmail, I never had the hotmail passwords. I never changed the passwords to his paypal account. I got the email notification that the renewal for The ECO was up so I signed in to it once around January 3rd to see if the money was there to renew The ECO, there was $6 in the account and then I never signed in again. I believe Joey’s mother had the paypal account access. I never had access to the wepay donation account.
As for Curtis Butler claiming I had access to the monies donated to The ECO, that is completely false. I did not set-up the account, I never had access and I am not a thief PERIOD. I take money back if a cashier at a store gives me the wrong change, I just am not a thief.
“But again, I am not bitter, angry or depressed at any of these legal battles,” Dauben said in his letter
I do not wish any ill will on Joey Dauben and I do hope he is spared from going to prison. I think this is a hard lesson for him to learn about accusing people of being guilty of crimes when they have not yet been in front of a jury. I did not turn on Joey. I walked away from his fight. He is going to be “battling” people all of his life and that is just not my bag baby.
According to the LLC attorney that represents Freedom of The Press Group LLC there will be no legal action brought against me. And I wish Dauben all the luck in the world with his legal battles and I think he has way more important legal battles to fight than ones against me.
Thanks to the Dallas Voice for not publishing my name. I am quite certain he wrote the letter with my name, in an effort to show me he still has “power”. His brand of power anyways.