Man arrested for stalking woman

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By Lisa King

A Shelbyville man has been arrested and charged with stalking.

Roy L. McClease, 62, of 73 Clover Lane, was arrested June 11 and charged with stalking a 30-year old woman.

A police report said when officers got to the woman’s home on Cardinal Drive, McClease had already fled the scene, but that the woman told officers he had been coming to her home for the past four days, asking her if she “wanted company.”

She told officers she was afraid of McClease, whom she does not know. He went to both her front and back doors, trying to get into the house, she told police.

The officer wrote in his report that he stayed at the house, and waited, and then saw McClease drive by. When he did, the officer pulled him over, and at that time, McClease admitted his actions, the report said.

“She doesn’t know him; never knew him,” said Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson Kelly Cable.

He added that even though stalking is just a misdemeanor, “We take it seriously. You don’t know what people’s intentions are, so you have to take it seriously and investigate it.”

Second-degree stalking is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Lesser misdemeanors carry sentences from 30 to 90 days in jail.

Cable said that people in a relationship can get a domestic violence or emergency protective order if one of them is afraid of the other, but if someone is being stalked by a stranger, that option is not open, nor are restraining orders permitted in Kentucky anymore.

He said that a charge of criminal trespassing could be an option if the behavior continues.

McClease has bonded out of the Shelby County Detention Center.