Ore. man pleads guilty under anti-stalking law

March 27, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Oregon man pleaded guilty yesterday to terrorizing his former girlfriend in Maryland, the first time that authorities here have prosecuted someone under a new federal anti-stalking law.

Edwin R. Carter IV pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to threatening Michele A. Danoff, 35, whom he repeatedly harassed in telephone calls, prosecutors said.

"It's significant because it's our first stalking case," said Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. "It's another weapon that we have to bring in the fight against interstate stalking."

Carter, who faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced at an unspecified date, made numerous phone calls to Danoff at her Anne Arundel County home, prosecutors said.

In one call taped on her answering machine, he told her, "You need to get rid of that nasty passive-aggressive tendency. We will improve you if it takes lobotomy. I'm telling you. You don't believe me, but this is going to happen," court records said.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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