The Department of Public Safety has received two complaints under Michigans new stalking laws, which became effective Jan. 1, reports Lt. James R. Smiley.
Stalking is a misdeamenor with a penalty of one year in jail and/or $1,000 fine. Stalking consists of two or more separate acts of unconsented contact between the stalker and the victim. The acts must be done willfully in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress and to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested.
Aggravated stalking is a felony with a penalty of up to five years in jail and/or $10,000 fine. Aggravated stalking is stalking that occurs in violation of a restraining order or a bail or probation condition; a second offense; or a stalking involving a credible threat of violence against the victim, the victims family or members of the victims household.
A person can obtain an injunctive order against a stalker and an officer may make a warrantless arrest for a violation of the injunction.
A 50-year-old associate professor of biology has been arrested and arraigned in Ann Arbors 15th District Court on
charges of indecent exposure and as a disorderly person, indecent exposure, in an incident at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The faculty member allegedly masturbated in front of a library user, who reported the incident to a library staff member. Through talking to witnesses University Police officers were able to identify and apprehend the faculty member.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Feb. 23 in Washtenaw Circuit Court.
A 23-year-old sophomore from Arkansas was arrested by University Police on a fugitive warrant Jan. 27 in the Undergraduate Library.
The student, who was wanted by the Wayne County Sheriffs Department for stealing a car and for carrying a concealed weapon, has been turned over to that department.
A former Eastern Michigan University student was arrested Jan. 29 for writing non-sufficent funds checks on a closed checking account. The checks were cashed at the Michigan Union.
The 24-year-old Detroit woman is awaiting preliminary examination in Ann Arbors 15th District Court. Writing non-sufficient funds checks is a felony and can result in a five-year sentence.
A first-year student from Toledo, Ohio, was arrested Jan. 19 for breaking and entering an automobile parked in the Hill Street parking structure.
The 19-year-old LS&A student allegedly broke into the automobile in September, stole the hang tag parking permit valued at $349 from a staff members car and was using the permit.
After arraignment in Ann Arbors 15th District Court, the student was released on personal bond. Her trial is pending in Washtenaw Circuit Court. Breaking and entering an automobile is a felony and can result in a five-year sentence.