What is Stalking?
Stalking, or “menacing by stalking,” is defined by the state of Ohio as knowingly engaging in a pattern of conduct that would cause another person to believe the offender will cause physical harm or mental distress. Stalking may occur in person or through electronic means. Types of behavior that could be classified as stalking in Ohio include:
- Following someone or repeatedly driving by his or her home
- Making harassing phone calls
- Sending intimidating letters, emails, or text messages
- Burglarizing, vandalizing, or trespassing on a person’s property
- Leaving threatening notes or objects
- Verbally harassing someone