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An outspoken opponent of Santa Maria's Planned Parenthood facility was sentenced to jail time last week following a three-day trial during which he represented himself and cited biblical passages in his court papers to justify his actions and maintain his innocence.

Mark Allen Rademaker, 61, who has gone to trial numerous times over the years as a result of his protests, was tried on the following misdemeanor counts: obstruction or interference with a reproductive health services provider, one count of obstruction of a thoroughfare and one count of obstructing or intimidating business operators or customers. 

Rademaker was found guilty by the jury on all counts, and was sentenced to the maximum term of 180 days in County Jail and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. Rademaker was remanded into custody on Friday following the verdict, according to prosecutor Steven Li. 

According to court documents, Rademaker was arrested by Santa Maria Police four different times from 2010 through Jan. 3, 2018, for blocking the entrance to the Planned Parenthood parking lot. When police officers asked Rademaker to move, he'd reply that he "was doing God's work" and "trying to save innocent children from being slaughtered."

Rademaker was charged and convicted for each prior incident and ordered to stay away from Planned Parenthood, but "after probation expired, [he would] return to Planned Parenthood to engage in the same behavior," according to the prosecution's trial brief.

Earlier this year before his trial, Rademaker sought to have his case dismissed, using Bible verses as the legal authority and reference to justify his actions, according to court documents. 

Rademaker also argued in his motion that his misdemeanor counts of trespassing onto Planned Parenthood property should be dismissed on the grounds that "it's actually a murder mill -- a place that murders children in the womb; they have nothing to do with reproductive health" and do not qualify as a productive health services facility, according to the law.

Rademaker further maintained that he had no intention to obstruct the facility nor did he try to maliciously intimidate anyone; instead, his intention "was to save innocent children."

According to court records, Rademaker was repeatedly charged, tried and convicted of the same misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing a business from 2006 to 2014. He has served jail time, paid hundreds of dollars in fees and was placed on probation after each conviction. 

According to Santa Maria city government documents from 2008-2010, Rademaker also often spoke out against the Planned Parenthood facility, located at 415 E. Chapel St., during public comment at City Council meetings. 

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Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210


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