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Portage PD charge man with felony stalking

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A Valparaiso man--and registered sex offender--was arrested Friday on a charge of stalking after Portage Police said that he followed a mother and daughter around the city in his car after the two left the Portage library.

Dustin A. Jolly, 44, of 787N 425W, was charged with stalking, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years.

According to police, at 2 p.m. the mother and daughter were at the library looking for a movie when the daughter noticed that a male subject--later identified as Jolly--“kept walking around the area in the library near her,” at one point entering the same aisle and standing “next to her.”

The daughter advised that, on leaving the library, she was near the main entrance “when she heard someone walking fast behind her and observed it to be the same male subject,” who then “stepped on her foot which caused her shoe to fall off.” The man apologized and both then went their own way and walked to their cars.

After leaving the library, the mother and daughter next went to a restaurant, where they observed the man’s car “drive by twice.” The daughter thought it “odd” and, on the second drive-by, recorded the car’s license plate number, police said.

Then, while driving home after leaving the restaurant, the pair once again observed the man’s car, following them, police said. Instead of going directly home, the drove to the Portage Police Department and reported the incident.

Officers determined the car to be registered to Jolly, a registered sex offender convicted of “several acts of violence against women in the past in Michigan,” police said. Officers were just leaving the PPD, intending to visit Jolly at his residence for a chat, when they saw him drive past the station and stopped him.

Jolly subsequently admitted following the women from the library, stating that he was “sorry and needs help,” police said. Jolly further stated “that he has a foot fetish and never meant to harm anyone,” said that “he was simply following the women,” and “denied any intentions of harming them.”

Investigators believe that “Jolly has done this in the past” and want to speak to any women who have had “a similar experience at the library or any other business in Portage.”

Call Det. Cpl. Janis Regnier at (219) 764-5706.

Jolly was convicted of criminal sexual conduct, fourth degree, in Kent County, Mich., in 1996, and of indecent exposure, also in Kent County, in 2006. In Michigan he is listed as a sexually delinquent person, according to the sex offender registry maintained by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.



Posted 11/19/2013