Camera angle of Sonoma County Jail meeting sparks online debate

Sometimes the devil is in the details. Sometimes it's not.

That appears to be the case in a photograph taken by a Santa Rosa preacher who claims he captured the image of demon being exorcised from a person standing outside the Sonoma County jail.

Pastor Jose Guadarrama of Victory Outreach Church claims his grainy cellphone camera shot taken about three weeks ago is proof of the existence of evil at the Hall of Justice.

But it's clear upon closer inspection that the "face" Guadarrama points to is really someone's head with sunglasses perched on top.

Still, a low-resolution version of the picture spooked some people and was circulated on social media websites.

"That is creepy," said Rachel Scaduto, a security officer at the nearby courthouse who viewed on a cellphone the picture that is making the rounds on Facebook. "It gives me the chills."

The picture shows four men huddled in prayer outside the jail.

Between their heads floats a face-like image the pastor says is evil taking flight in reaction to God's word. He said it's nothing short of a miracle.

"I don't know how other people will see it," said the head of the Pentecostal Christian church on Sebastopol Road. "But at the same time, there is no other explanation."

Some said it was doctored by computer software. But an enlarged version of the picture, included with this article, made clear it was a person's head with glasses perched on top and that nothing mystical or otherworldly was taking place.

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