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Mont­gomery dis­abled the abil­ity for users to com­ment on the post. How­ever, more than 500 peo­ple had re­acted to the state­ment af­ter it was posted Fri­day.

Mont­gomery said Satur­day that she is no longer a mod­er­a­tor or mem­ber of the group and was asked by some­one else to pub­lish that post.

Liv­ing Chan­dler ap­peared to lose mem­bers since news of the al­le­ga­tions came out.

The Ari­zona Repub­lic re­ported the group had more than 66,000 mem­bers on Thurs­day.

The group had less than 64,000 mem­bers as of Fri­day evening.

Liv­ing Chan­dler is a closed Face­book group, mean­ing users must re­quest to be added to the page.

New group forms

Amid the drama sur­round­ing Liv­ing Chan­dler, some of its users opted to cre­ate a new group on the social-me­dia site, with new mod­er­a­tion rules.

Adam Dench cre­ated “The Cheers of Chan­dler” group on Face­book on Thurs­day, which had since at­tracted about 875 mem­bers as of Fri­day evening. His wife, Jill Dench, also posted on the page. She is a Re­al­tor for the same firm as Coates.

In an in­tro­duc­tory post to his group, Adam Dench called The Cheers of Chan­dler “a brand new page where a com­mu­nity can come to­gether to grow and love.”

“Look­ing for a new group to re­place Liv­ing Chan­dler?” his post be­gan.

A few com­ments and posts on the new page made ref­er­ence to Coates and the fall­out for Liv­ing Chan­dler, but most seemed sim­i­lar to the types of com­mu­nity-ori­ented posts that have been posted on Liv­ing Chan­dler.

The new group shares sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics with Liv­ing Chan­dler, be­ing branded as a place to ask ques­tions, get re­fer­rals, and learn about events, among other things.

Matthew Coates, 43, faces a mis­de­meanor charge of pub­lic sex­ual in­de­cency; he’ll be ar­raigned in court next month.

A lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Coates told The Ari­zona Repub­lic that his client would not be com­ment­ing.

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