Guilty of Stalking

By Jeff Neumeyer
By Maureen Mespell

February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The Waterloo man accused of three counts of felony stalking is found guilty of two counts late Friday night.

42-year old Michael McClellan could face up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced March 9th.

He was accused of harassing a former girlfriend with phone calls, emails, text messages, and by hacking into her computer, allegedly sending explicit photos of the victim to everyone from her family to work clients.

The woman testified Wednesday, she contacted McClellan back in 2006, begging him to leave her alone, an impassioned plea that the evidence suggests he ignored.

On Thursday, two cell phone records employees took the stand, detailing calls from McClellan's cell phone to the woman.

The testimony showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 calls were generated, just from June to November of 2006.

In October of that year, 115 calls were placed on one day alone.

Defense lawyer John Bohdan asked the Sprint-Nextel records person if a large number of the calls could be attributed to re-dials following a busy signal.

The issue was never fully cleared up during the testimony.

On day four, Friday, McClellan downplayed any inappropriate conduct. On the stand, he admitted to making lots of phone calls to the woman, but said one particularly menacing call came about because of nasty messages he received from the alleged victim.

A Fort Wayne police detective also took the stand and said McClellan told her he apologized for making the victim's life miserable. McClellan also reportedly told the victim that if he had found God earlier, none of this would have happened.

McClellan denied saying what the detective claimed, as well as sending the e-mails, texts, or hacking into the woman's computer.

The defense lawyer told jurors in closing arguments, McClellan violated restraining orders, but the state never proved stalking.

Statistics tell us stalking is a growing problem.

More than one million women are stalked annually in the U.S.

Research also indicates one in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetime, with the average duration of stalking lasting two years.




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