A former trooper from the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was charged with cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law in U.S. District Court Thursday for stalking a woman in 2015.
William P. Elschlager, 48, of Marietta, Ohio, was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night and appeared in U.S. District Court in Columbus Thursday afternoon for an initial appearance.
According to the complaint, Elschlager was a lieutenant at the Marietta post of the highway patrol in 2015 when he began engaging in an affair with the wife of another trooper. Court documents indicate that the woman described Elschlager as “creepy” and reported that she once found a large ball of her hair that Elschlager had made.
District Court officials also reported that the victim state she also discovered folders on Elschlager’s iPad labeled with women’s names that included pictures of the women taken from social media accounts. The victim reported one of the folders had her name and contained pictures of her with her husband cropped out.
The victim also stated she would awake to Elschlager taking photographs of her sleeping when she did not know he was in the home with her.
Court officials report Elschlager allegedly began stalking the victim in October 2015 after she ended their relationship. The affidavit alleges that he frequently followed the victim in vehicles, texted her knowledge of her whereabouts and showed up at her residence unannounced.
In December 2015, Elschlager allegedly placed a GPS tracking device on the victim’s vehicle and conducted an unlawful traffic stop of the…
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