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
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.