Grand Jury Indicts Onalaska Man for Alleged Stalking, LIVINGSTON, December 3, 2018 - A Polk County Grand Jury returned an indictment Friday against Jody Wayne Pickett for the third degree felony offense of Stalking. The indictment alleges that on October 24, 2018 Pickett, age 43 of Onalaska, sent “repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass or offend another” to the office of a local attorney. The victim reported the matter to the Livingston Police Department which, in turn, conducted an investigation and filed criminal charges against Pickett with the Polk County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. On October 26, 2018, 258th District Court Judge E.L. McClendon issued a warrant for Pickett’s arrest. McClendon set bond at $100,000. Pickett remains in custody in the Polk County Jail at this time.
According to Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon, “most people only think of stalking in terms of physically following and menacing a victim.” “The stalking statute, however, is much broader than that and can apply to conduct which is more typically considered to be cyberstalking; or electronic or internet harassment including texting, fax communications, or various web based or social media platforms” Hon added.
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