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Crime & Courts

Waterman man charged with stalking held on $100K bond

SYCAMORE – Police say a 65-year-old Waterman man violated the terms of his probation after public indecency and criminal trespass charges in 2017. Now, he faces new charges of stalking for driving near his ex-wife's house and harassment for threatening to shoot her last month.

Robert T. O’Keefe, of the 200 block of West Lincoln Street in Waterman, drove July 21 through an area he was ordered to avoid that was within a 1,000-foot radius of his ex-wife's residence and he made homicidal and suicidal statements during a counseling session on July 25, according to court records. He was charged with stalking and harassment of a witness after being forbidden from contacting his ex-wife after police said he wrote a series of sexually explicit emails to her and was found naked in her DeKalb backyard in 2017.

If convicted of harassment, O'Keefe could face three to seven years in prison.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady said O'Keefe's bond is still set at $100,000, and should O'Keefe post $10,000 bail, he'll remain on house arrest. Brady said he wanted to further review the case and the defense's argument that O'Keefe has no prior criminal record and has done everything the court asked him to do before considering a request to reduce O'Keefe's bond. O'Keefe pleaded guilty to criminal trespass to property in October 2017 and was sentenced to two years probation, as well as alcohol and drug classes and mental health counseling.

According to court records, O'Keefe told counselors he had wanted to hurt his ex-wife for a year and a half, and the feelings intensified in the past three months. The sheriff's office was also notified of O'Keefe talking about how to get a gun without a Firearm Owner Identification card and saying "if I go, I'm not going alone," court records say.

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office wants to revoke O'Keefe's probation and sentence him in accordance with the law for convicted offenses, according to court documents.

O'Keefe remains in the DeKalb County Jail. He is due back in court 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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