By Brandi Makuski
A Wautoma man faces up to six years in prison on a charge of stalking his underage ex-girlfriend.
Kaleb Christians, 25, has been accused of several harassing acts towards the girl, who at the time was 17, throughout September and October.
According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s father notified Portage Co. deputies that she had been receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from her ex-boyfriend, identified as Christians. The father said Christians had previously been warned to stay away from the girl.
Christians began dating the girl two years ago, according to the complaint, but while he said the relationship lasted two years, the girl maintains they only dated for about a week before breaking up and remaining friends. After checking police records, a deputy who took the father’s complaint noted Christians had been warned in 2014 and again in March of 2016 to avoid contact with the girl.
Following the March warning, Christians allegedly broke into the family’s home, parked on their street and hacked the girl’s social media accounts, posting her personal photos and information. The girl also told law enforcement that Christians left gifts on her car while it was parked at school, also sending her pictures of her school and home, saying he was outside.
In Sept., the girl said Christians threatened her via text that he would break into her family’s home and steal her dog if she didn’t accept a deal he’d proposed: the girl needed to repay him $1500 in gifts he’d given her while they dated, or agree to resume their relationship when she turned 18. Christians also threatened to continue the harassment if she did not accept the deal.
The girl turned him down, according to the complaint, kicking off a series of text messages from Christians, during which he repeatedly threatens to take the girl’s dog.
“By the way you have a new Instagram and Facebook, and I have a lot of stuff on them…so you make the deal and it stops,” Christians wrote in one of the text messages, according to the complaint. “I love you…take the deal or lose your baby for life.”
When questioned, Christians said he only threatened to break into the home because he knew it “would irritate her”, also saying most of his repeated texts to her were simply his “blowing smoke”.
Christians also admitted that approximately two years ago, officers with the Plover Police Dept. warned him to have no further contact with the girl, but he said the two continued seeing each other. He also showed deputies a tattoo on his right pectoral muscle containing the name of the child he would have with the girl, “should they get back together.”
He also admitted to using Snapchat to contact the girl, saying “he likes Snapchat because there is no record of messages being sent.”
Christians is free on a $1500 signature bond and is under a court order to have no contact with the girl, and to avoid her place of employment, school and home, as well as her social media accounts.
Christians had his pre-trial conference Monday before Judge Thomas Flugaur. His next court date has not yet been scheduled.