Malta man accused of stalking could be released on electronic monitoring

Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:41 a.m.CDT • Updated: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:02 p.m.CDT

SYCAMORE – A Malta man accused of stalking his family will be monitored through GPS if he posts $1,000 bail, a judge decided Friday.

Karl J. Hansen, 36, of the 200 block of South Orput Street, was charged May 24 with aggravated stalking, criminal damage to property and violating an order of protection. He also was charged with misdemeanor harassment in connection with a Jan. 24 incident.

Hansen is accused of scratching his estranged wife’s car early May 24 while it was parked at the Kirkland home covered by the order of protection, court records show.

An order of protection requires Hansen to stay at least 500 feet away from the house where the car was parked and the people who live there, authorities said.

After the order of protection was entered, Hansen started delivering newspapers for the Daily Chronicle in Kirkland and the surrounding area, including the homes on either side of the protected address, authorities said. Hansen told police he delivered papers there nightly since April 24, court records show.

This came weeks after Hansen allegedly placed an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to have sex with his estranged wife, authorities said.

Hansen had been held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond since May 24 while authorities compiled a risk assessment.

On Friday, Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert set his bond at $10,000, but ordered that he live with his parents and follow the county’s electronic home-monitoring program if he posts the required $1,000 to be released while the case is pending.

The most serious charge Hansen faces, aggravated stalking, typically is punishable by up to five years in prison. His next court date is June 26.

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