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April 3, 2012

Man, 46, accused of stalking teen

NEW CASTLE — A 46-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly stalking a 14-year-old girl in his mother’s neighborhood.

New Castle police have charged Joseph Cloyd Badger of 214 Florence Ave. with stalking and harassment in connection with a series of incidents in which he is accused of watching the girl in her yard and telling people he loves her.

The girl’s mother told officers that whenever her daughter is outside, Badger will go out and stare at her.

The mother told police that around 10:30 p.m. March 23, she was on her front porch and he walked past and said he wanted to ask her a question. She said he came near the porch and he asked her if her daughter liked him and wanted to know “if he could have her,” the mother reported to police.

The woman said she became upset and told him her daughter doesn’t even know him and to leave her property, informing him her daughter is only 14.

She told police Badger apologized and said he didn’t know.

She said Badger has been walking by her house a lot lately, has been watching her house from his mother’s house nearby and stands at the back fence whenever her daughter is outside.

The daughter gave police a written statement saying she goes outside a lot and Badger usually is a nearby yard looking at her house.

Police said Badger’s mother informed them her son has a mental disability.

Another member of his mother’s household told police Badger often stays at their home on Delaware Avenue to take care of disabled people who live there. He said Badger told him he is in love with the teen.

The resident said he advised Badger the girl is only 14, but Badger said he still loves her. He gave a written statement saying Badger has been warned about going near the neighbor’s house and looking at her.

He said Badger has not been complying with the warnings lately and has said he does not care, that the police cannot do anything.

The resident said he has seen Badger in a vehicle at the corner of Delaware and Sumner avenues and he has seen him writing inappropriate words about the girl on his cigarettes.

Badger was issued a summons to appear for his preliminary hearing May 23.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewsonline.com)

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