LOGAN — A 62-year-old Idaho man has been told to leave Cache Valley and never come back after admitting to stalking his estranged girlfriend. Rex E. Anderson was placed on probation instead of jail after confessing to harassing the victim repeatedly.
Anderson was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of stalking, a third-degree felony and a class A misdemeanor.
Anderson was arrested in August after the woman described to Logan City police officers how the defendant would not leave her alone. In one instance, he sent her 108 messages, and then tried to break into her residence while she was on the phone with law enforcement.
Anderson originally denied stalking the woman and told officers that he was just wanting to see his cat. He later accepted a plea deal in both of the cases.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, defense attorney Ray Malouf told the court that Anderson acknowledges he could have ended the relationship better after their 18 years together. He said his client was also attending therapy and counseling.
Anderson, who lives in Downey, Idaho, asked the court not to send him to jail. He said he’d never been in trouble with the law before, and just wanted to work and pay off his debts.
Judge Brian Cannell ordered Anderson to go back to Idaho and never return to Cache County. He told him, “You need to control your behavior. I want you out of the area.”
Judge Cannell also placed Anderson on probation and ordered him to continue wearing an ankle monitor. He threatened to send the defendant to prison if he didn’t comply.