MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A sergeant in central Minnesota has been charged for stalking after allegedly sending threatening texts to a man in Willmar and entering his home uninvited.
According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. Joel Engler of the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor stalking.READ MORE: Next Weather Alert: Storms Likely Thursday In South-Central, Southeastern Minnesota
The complaint states Eric Ernhart contacted the sheriff’s office in September to report harassment by Engler. Ernhart told investigators Engler “has been obsessed with him for the past several years.”
Ernhart showed authorities text messages between him and Engler where he told Engler to stop contacting him. Ernhart said Engler sent him between 10 and 100 text messages a day.
Ernhart also told police Engler drove by his home multiple times a day.READ MORE: Bow Wow Film Festival
According to the complaint, Ernhart said Engler entered his home on Sept. 15 without permission.
GPS from Engler’s squad car confirmed he was at Engler’s residence for about six minutes on that day. GPS also confirmed Engler frequently drove by Ernhart’s home.
Ernhart obtained a restraining order against Engler. He said he felt “frightened and threatened” and even considered leaving town.MORE NEWS: 4 Boys Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle Outside Minnesota State Capitol
Engler admitted to sending most of the text messages and entering Ernhart’s home on Sept. 15.