SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) — A 47-year-old Waldo man has been charged — accused of stalking a Sheboygan woman for three months.
Scott Wolfert faces one count of stalking in the case — a felony charge.
On February 21st, a criminal complaint against Wolfert says the victim in this case showed up at the Sheboygan Police Department and indicated she was being harassed by a family friend, whom she identified as Wolfert.
The woman reported the harassment occurred primarily through text messages and phone calls — according to the complaint.
The complaint says the woman told police her son attempted suicide in May of 2013, and that’s when Wolfert came into her life on a regular basis — saying the two would talk primarily in the morning hours over a cup of coffee. The woman says Wolfert works third shift, and she runs her own business out of her home — so the woman says Wolfert would come over and the two would talk.
The woman told police after a while, Wolfert began to make comments about having an affair and cheating on his wife. The woman told police she believed Wolfert was insinuating having an affair with her — saying he would touch her arms and back in the process of explaining this to her — according to the complaint.
The woman told police it was at this time that she began feeling uncomfortable and told Wolfert to stop making these kinds of remarks, according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint says the woman showed police multiple text messages she received from Wolfert — but said there was never any discussion of Wolfert having no further contact with her.
The woman says she went to her attorney — and her attorney drafted a letter sent to Wolfert advising him that she desires no further contact with him, according to the complaint.
The woman told police Wolfert received the letter on or around February 12th — as he had contact with her attorney’s office on February 13th. According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police Wolfert contacted her that same day.
The complaint says Wolfert contacted the woman again on February 17th and February 20th.
Police spoke with Wolfert, who said he serves as the woman’s handyman, and helps to fix things around her residence. Wolfert admitted to receiving the letter from the woman’s attorney, yet continuing to contact her, according to the criminal complaint.
Police advised Wolfert that the woman wanted no further contact with him — and Wolfert advised them that he would be putting a lien on her property due to unpaid services — according to the complaint.
Police advised both Wolfert and the woman that the unpaid services issue would be something that could be worked out in civil court — and the case was closed, according to the complaint.
On March 21st, police again met with the woman, who said Wolfert was attempting to contact her through her friends — and through Facebook. The woman told police she believed Wolfert may be trying to contact her through his wife’s Facebook account, according to the complaint.
The complaint says the woman told police her attorney had sent Wolfert another letter — saying the lien against her residence and the request for money for doing work around the residence was voided — and again said the woman requested no further contact with him.
The complaint says police viewed a Facebook message sent from the account of Wolfert’s wife to a friend of the woman’s. The message said Wolfert wanted to do something special for the woman — saying he would pay for a train ticket for the woman to visit her friend. The complaint says the woman’s friend found this odd.
The complaint says police spoke with another friend, who told them Wolfert had shown up at his residence — saying he wanted to set up a surprise birthday party for the woman.
That friend’s wife told police the couple has received several calls from Wolfert. The complaint says that woman told police she was concerned for the victim’s safety.
On March 21st, police met with Wolfert — who said he had not had any direct contact with the woman, but said he had been in contact with her friends — friends he said are mutual friends, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Wolfert was able to explain to police how he knows the woman’s friends — but all three of the friends told police they did not know him prior to him contacting them about the woman.
The complaint says Wolfert was asked why he was continuing to have contact (directly or indirectly) with the woman — after he had been told not to — and he didn’t really have an answer — saying that he did not believe he was contacting her because he was not texting or calling her.
Wolfert was told he could have contact with the woman’s friends — but could not be requesting to send her information, set up birthday parties for her, and try to get information about her, according to the complaint.
The complaint indicates Wolfert was issued an ordinance for disorderly conduct.
The complaint says Wolfert showed up at the woman’s residence on April 5th while she was painting outside. The woman told police due to recent history, she became scared. She says she eventually indicated to the man that he needed to leave as he was not supposed to be there.
The complaint says Wolfert told the woman not to call police — saying the last time she did, he spent the night in jail. However, the woman says she confronted him, as she knew he was simply issued a citation and released.
The complaint says police again made contact with Wolfert. He said he was doing a job in the area and had simply driven past the woman’s house. However, he eventually admitted that he knew he screwed up by going to her house.
The complaint says Wolfert told police he just wanted to make sure she was alright.
If convicted of the felony charge against him, Wolfert could face a maximum of three years in prison and/or a maximum of $10,000 in fines.