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Man pleads not guilty to charge that he threatened councilwoman who protested Muslim event in Yorba Linda

March 22, 2011 |  5:29 pm

Paul Andrews booking photo A man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge that he used Facebook to make threats against a Villa Park councilwoman who attended a recent protest at a gathering of Muslims in Yorba Linda.

Villa Park City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly was among a number of demonstrators who gathered last month outside a benefit event for the Islamic Circle of North American Relief USA, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Supporters of the group, including children, were shouted down by protesters as they entered the event. Some protesters were chanting "USA" or shouting "terrorists," according to video footage of the event. A number of the demonstrators waved American flags as they jeered the participants.

The event has been criticized for inflaming anti-Muslim sentiments.

San Pedro resident Paul Dean Andrews, 27, is accused of  sending Pauly a message on Facebook on March 3 that included a threat to harm her with weapons. The district attorney's office said he used his personal Facebook account with his picture.

Pauly reported the incident to authorities. Andrews is scheduled for a pretrial hearing March 30 in Santa Ana.

-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno