Ludlow man accused of stalking teen girlBy ERIC FRANCIS
HERALD CORRESPONDENT | November 03,2012LUDLOW — A 40-year-old Ludlow man accused of obsessively surveilling a teenage girl for the past two years has been ordered to maintain a 24-hour curfew in his residence and to undergo psychiatric evaluation to see whether he is competent to stand trial.
Jeremy Ennis posted $250 bail on Monday after he entered innocent pleas to misdemeanor charges of stalking and voyeurism. In addition to the curfew, Judge Robert Gerety also ordered Ennis to stay at least 500 feet away from all members of the family who lodged the complaint against Ennis and from their home, which is a short distance down the road from Ennis’ residence.
Ludlow Police Officer Richard King said police have repeatedly spoken to Ennis and that the family had Ennis served with a notice against trespass as far back as 2010 but since then the parents who made the complaint had noticed an “increasingly more brazen and frequent ... pattern of stalking,” directed especially at their teenage daughter.
King said that when the family kept a log of their own observations of Ennis spanning just a six-week period this summer, it allegedly showed 64 instances where they spotted him either walking past, riding his bicycle by their residence, or standing on an embankment in the woods behind their house staring at their daughter’s bedroom windows with “large” binoculars up to five times in a single day.
According to court paperwork, Ennis has allegedly followed the girl around when she was shopping with friends in Ludlow and shown up repeatedly at her bus stop and outside her school.
Family members also told police that on at least 10 occasions they had spotted Ennis in the woods behind their house using a flashlight to get around after 11 at night. They also said that Ennis appeared to be making a point of carrying weapons including golf clubs, knives and rocks when he walks in front of their home.
In a sworn written statement, the teen wrote that she had been home alone on Sept. 11 watching television when she glanced at the back door and spotted Ennis with his “fire engine-red hair” looking inside. She said she ran to a bathroom in the home, locked herself in, and called police who immediately responded, but she wrote that the incident left her, “crying and shaking like a leaf and ... scared for my life because I didn’t know what Jeremy was going to do next.”
Ennis faces a maximum potential penalty of up to four years in jail and/or fines of up to $10,000 if he were to be convicted of both misdemeanor charges now pending against him.MORE IN Southern VermontIn honor of the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, Brattleboro veterans are putting... Full Story
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